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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Health

Mission: The Cancer Schmancer Movement is dedicated to saving women's lives through early detection of cancer. We are: • transforming women from patients into informed medical consumers • educating women on the importance and methods of early detection • shifting this nation’s priority from just looking for a cure, to prevention and early detection.

Target demographics: Women

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: EARLY DETECTION FRAN VAN PROGRAM - Cancer Schmancer has discovered that there are many existing cancer-screening services for low-income individuals, the uninsured and underinsured; however, many of them are struggling to reach the people they have committed to serve, particularly women, because they just don’t have the capacity to get the message out. This is where Cancer Schmancer can have the greatest impact. Because of our belief in collaboration to achieve a higher goal, we have built a model to partner with local, existing cancer screening services for women in need in order to reach and build capacity. (These partners are screening equipment transport vans, mobile cancer screening vans, or local clinics/hospitals, depending on the greatest need of each community.) As part of our capacity building, the Early Detection Fran Van program provides training to outreach volunteers who will help educate the communities and help women make and keep their screening appointments. This year, we are in the process of development and piloting this program in three cities, with an ultimate goal of development in cities across the US and eventually abroad. WE THE FUTURE - mobilizes the youth of this country to engage in community education and fundraising initiatives in order to support Cancer Schmancer’s programs and share the life-saving message of early detection and living healthily. www.CancerSchmancer.org/wethefuture

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Amber R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

cancerschmancer is a wonderful website you can leading so much for it i know i have fran is just amazing what she does i also read her book cancerschmancer is was amazing i love it no one know your body better then you so if ther something wrong go to the doctor right way because if you don't it will be too late over the year i have donate money to cancerschmancer to make a differ an save a life

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cancer is so frightening and heartbreaking, and NO one deserves to go through it. I had never known what kind of symptoms or signs to look for, and that always scared me so much. But coming across Cancer Schmancer, I can't even describe to you... It has changed everything for me. I know what to look for now. I know what to do. I know how to react. And most importantly, I know that cancer is NOT the boss of me. The Cancer Schmancer Movement has taught me to be a medical consumer, and has comforted me and guided me in helping my dear friend who was just diagnosed... at stage 1. THANK YOU guys so much! It's fantastic, all around. You have my full support and gratitude!!!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a uterine cancer survivor! I had three operations, d&c, endometrial oblation, & the last one a complete hysterectomy. At first I was taken from my home to the ER as the bleeding wouldn't stop. The nurse had to use trauma dressing to wipe the blood. Then the doctor came in and told me it was just heavy periods and that I was going home. Needless to say the nurse was upset and asked if the doctor examined me which he did NOT. He was back in the room in minutes. I had ten blood transfusions and my hair was falling out just by touching it. Didn't have any family support I remember being soooo weak and after HOURS of blood transfusions would have to pick up my son who is adult handicapped with a brain tumor and he had to go through a series of radiation treatments. My heart was breaking having noone there for me. : / We watch "The Nanny" all the time and Fran what a fabulous person you are to share your story and reach out to others!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Cancer Schmancer helped me gain lots of knowledge about cancer. Before visiting the webpage, I knew nuts about it. The website is very informative, often updated with the latest discoveries in medical science about the different cancers. Reading about the "Survivor Stories" allows me to understand the different adversities these people underwent which made me understand that I need to toughen up.

To conclude, I think that Cancer Schmancer webpage is very useful as it spreads the word of Cancer Schmancer through a device so common today. The internet.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cancer Schmancer is ultimately the best cancer non-profit organization. Everything that Miss Fran Drescher is doing makes her an inspiration for women everywhere. Stage 1 is definitely the cure! How do I know? My grandma is a cancer survivor of ovarian cancer and it was found in stage one. I stand by Cancer Schmancer of turning yourself from patients to medical consumers. My sister found a lump by her breast and she's had it for a year. Hopefully it's abnormal. Sadly, I also had a loss in the family from cancer so what Fran is doing, it's inspiring to make a difference. I'm trying my best to support Cancer Schmancer. Stage One Is The Cure.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My grandma passed away in 2007 from uterine cancer, which was the same kind of cancer that Fran Drescher had. When I read Fran's book, I felt like it answered a lot of the questions I never got to ask my grandma. I really appreciated that. Then Fran started up the foundation to help other women get better treatment than even she got. I love the foundation's mission for empowerment. They promote the voice of women, and of young people, too. I personally fit into both of those categories, as I am a 17 year old girl. For my senior graduation project, I organized a large fundraising concert to benefit Cancer Schmancer. The event actually going to take place this Saturday at my high school. Throughout the whole process of planning this event, a Cancer Schmancer representative has been there to answer all of my questions. I am truly inspired by Fran Drescher's spirit. Instead of letting cancer bring her down, she turned the situation into something wonderful that is helping countless people. I believe in this organization whole-heartedly.

Review from Guidestar

Victoria L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi everyone...my name is victoria....i would love to be involved in fran drescher's cancer schmancer organization...she is a big icon to me, i love everything she does...i hope to meet her someday...when i read in her book that she had cancer..i cried..the whole story was touching and heartfelt..now im soo glad that she beat it and is almost 11 years well...i am involved in the american cancer society's relay for life though..which is a wonderful cause for cancer everywhere...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

cancerschmacer has change my life around when i read fran book CS there where alot of my questions anwers the thing i know to day my mom would been alive but she lost her battle with brest cancer fran inspiring me to make a difference in my life the organzation is important to all and fran has done so much with woman health care stage one is the cure

Kyeley M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first discovered Cancer Schmancer I thought it would be just like all the rest of the orgaanizations in the world, but the people running Cancer Schamancer are actual survivors and care about all the persons who donate and join, and they really do try and make a difference in the world of women's health care. These women know exactly what your talking about, they can actually give you answers to your questions from experience, and support you through it all. They educate us for our own benifits. If I could do more for this organization I sure would! I love how open everyone is and how you get that home like feeling when talking to someone about something. it truly is a magnificent organization that really has made a change in Women's Health Care today!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cancer Schmancer is such an important movement to make us all aware of the power we have over our own destiny. It enables us to use the power of our own voices in confronting cancer. Each of us knows of someone who has the dreaded "C" disease. My mother, for example, at almost 84 years of age is a 27-year breast cancer survivor because she detected it early.
Having cancer can be considered "taboo" thus making it an easy silent killer because those having the disease might be afraid to know that they have it; and if they know they have it, they are afraid to let anyone know.
Cancer Schmancer and Fran, as an advocate who has used her star-power to make us unafraid since it can literally happen to anyone, encourages early detection that should save lives. Our medical system is so oriented toward disease treatment. Currently, thank goodness, we are trying to place more emphasis on prevention so that treatment and early death are less prevalent. Cancer Schmancer is the premier movement in that process of societal reorientation.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have loved being involved with Cancer Schmancer! Helping out the WE THE FUTURE youth branch of this organization has been very rewarding because it has allowed me to spread the news about the importance of early detection and prevention to young people everywhere. I have enjoyed hearing the inspiring stories of people who have fought cancer or who know someone with cancer as well because there are so many brave people out there giving cancer everything they have got to get rid of it for good! Who doesn't want that?

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I'm a 20 year old girl from Puerto Rico. I started to be part in this movement when I was 17 years old. I must say, that I found the Cancer Schmancer Movement by accident, via Internet. I had the book and one day I began to search for a way to contact the author: Fran Drescher, but instead of finding what I wanted, I found the movement. This movement has changed my life in many ways. Even though I can't donate money to it, I have been supporting it and helping them to have more awareness.
I have many family members who had died of cancer, but recently in family, we are going through a hard situation. My aunt of 35 years old, has colon cancer, with a whole bunch of complications that makes things worse. The Treatments seems to not be working at all. Only a miracle and the power of God can do something. We are truly happy cause she still is alive by God's will and mercy.
Being part of this movement, has help me to realize the importance of having good health and helping others to achieve it. I'm also part of the sub-program they have for youth, called WE THE FUTURE! I have been helping them in many ways. Also did a volunteer work for them in the past months, in the advertisement area. Creating a "logo" for this program and being used by the staff. I love this program cause it gives me a chance to put my talents into challenge, for the better improvement of women's/ everyone/ lives.
It's truly an amazing organization. It has been helping millions of lives and it has been doing a great work worldwide. I been making it known here in Puerto Rico for the past years. For the past years, I been doing presentations, advertisement videos, telling testimonies and more, here at my college campus and when I used to be in High School. For me, it means a lot. I hope it continues to be an excellent source of help and prevention. I fully recommended. Besides being part of it, it has been my other family, even though I don't know them so much. Why? Easy, they watch out for my well being by educating me and others, how to have healthier lives. May God bless them and give the Cancer Schmancer Movement, more years to make changes in our lifestyles.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Joined Cancer Schmancer's,Because I like what it stands for .And two of my auntie has cancer. One passes away a while ago. While the other one is a survivor.

Review from Guidestar

Mimi C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

cheers for cancer schmancer! my mother in law passed away from breast cancer and I wish she had known about Cancer Schmancer. Perhaps if she had, she'd still be here today. Let's prevent more of these stories from happening!

Review from Guidestar

babyjaybird85

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ever since I was a child I have seen many family members loose the battle with cancer. I never really understood why there couldn't be anything done about it until I grew up and dug my heels into research and websites. When I was 18 I had received a phone call from my OB saying my PAP had come back with some abnormalities and I needed to schedule an appointment. Come to find out I was diagnosed with HPV at the time and needed to undergo Cryotherapy to freeze the abnormal cells off. Then I did not understand why I had to go through that procedure until it was explained to me that if I had gone without the treatment the abnormal cells could in fact develope into cervical cancer. Now 26 years old and free of abnormal cells due to the simple test of a PAP. Keep yourself protected by routine check ups with the OB and always remember ONLY you know your body, if there is something that doesn't seem right let your instincts guide you.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cancer Schmancer's work is exceptional and unique. In addition to promoting health awareness, Cancer Schmancer is helping to provide underserved women with cancer screening tests. I volunteered for the Fran Van Early Detection program in New York and was impressed by its efficient provision of essential health services. There is an obvious need for affordable screening because many women walked by that day and stopped to arrange an appointment. Cancer Schmancer is saving lives by inspiring women to make healthy choices.

Review from Guidestar

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fran's foundation has helped many lives. All her hard work in helping those with cancer has been amazing. She is truly a wonderful person.

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17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

cancer schmancer is an amazing foundation. reading about cancer and about stage one being the cure and taught me much, and it is a life changing foundation. Fran Drescher has done a lot with this. she goes on walks for women with stage one of cancer, and really puts her all into it. I think that this foundation really deserves some recognition, because it is a WONDERFUL nonprofit organization.

7 amber11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i am 20 year old i have not read the book yet but i remember make my frist donate to CS wash was $5 dollons and my 2st donate was $10 dollons to cancerschmancer they really need to stop misdiagoosis people with cancer if u know that something is wrong go to the doctor right way don't play around and wait too later to go because nobody know your body better then you stage 1 is the cure

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi Everyone! I've read Cancer Schmancer in 1 day and i have to say it is very wonderful...fran drescher is a very strong woman..we all need to galvonize and become a collective group and stop misdiagonosis of cancer everywhere....like she says "take care of your body"..if u feel something is wrong, go to the doctor right away..dont wait..because if u wait, it might be too late. like robert browning said "make your reach greater than your grasp, else whats a heaven for"...Stage 1 is the cure always and forever

9

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I haven't been able to help with cancer yet because I am too young. But I did start reading the book. I wanted to read it to try and better understand the situation, and beacause Fran Drescher is one of my biggest role models. Though I am not finished with the book yet, I can say that it is one of the most captivating and well written books I have ever read! Miranda