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Cancer Schmancer Foundation

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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

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cancer Schmancer is a wonderful non-profit organization. It gave my conscience the megaphone it needed when I was ignoring what my body was trying to tell me. Whether or not the diagnosis is negative or positive, I took control of that situation, ready to handle what would come my way. There was hope when I confused and strength from a women I had never even met. Thank You.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found Cancer Schmancer on the web this morning, and after reading about it, I want to get involved. I am a woman from Mississippi with a history of cancer in my family. My stepfather was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and was the first of his doctor's patients to go into remission; this being possible, of course, from cancer research. My dad, after only being diagnosed 3 1/2 months earlier, died of lung cancer. He was diagnosed in Stage IV after many doctor visits for "sinus" issues. My 12 year old nephew, Michael Curry, died from Diffuse Pontine Glioma, a childhood cancer with a zero percent cure rate. Remission has not even seen a home in this tyoe of Cancer. When Michael was receiving treatments, however, our family was full of the hope that he would be the one that changed the statistic. Unfortunately for us, that did not happen, as Michael survived only 11 months after diagnosis. His illness was one of many "what ifs" and "did we do enough" questions. Should we have gone with this research or that trial? Was he diagnosed early enough? All of these and thousands more questions run through all of our minds all of the time. Michael would have been entering his senior year of high school this month; instead, Michael's legacy lives through the Michael G. Curry II, Foundation for Cancer Research. Fran is doing everything right to help solve some of the problems as I talked about with Michael's cancer but with the focus on women. If just one woman is saved due to the efforts of Fran and Cancer Schmancer, then all of the efforts are 1000% worth everything. Fran, thank you, once again, for turning a bad situation into a good one. You are special.

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cancer Schmancer deserves 5 stars! They help by trying to make sure if people have cancer, they know. The foundation raies money for new equipment to find cancer at an earlier stage. Cancer Schmancer helps soo much!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization with involved, understanding, and motivated members. Their website provides countless resources and the organization is involved in so many functions and events. Love it!

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

fRAN IS AN AWSOME PERSON! iM GLAD SHE DECIDED TO DO THIS. sHE IS MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. i LOVE HER TO dEATH STAY STRONG AND CANCER FREE! sTAGE 1 IS THE CURE"NOW SAY CANCER SCHMANCER LIKE ME...."CANCEA SCHMANCEA"! lOVE YOU EBONY.V

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fran Drescher is an amazing woman who created this wonderful cause. Though she's had struggles she still used one struggle to come up with this cause. Cancer Schamncer helps cancer. She recruited many members. Cancer Schmancer should win! :)

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cancer Schmancer Foundation clearly has opened the eyes of every woman in the world to the silent cries of so many who have suffered needlessly because of LACK of knowledge and understanding of our own bodies. Being a uterine cancer survivor, I appreciate all this organization continues to offer every single human being. Thank you for continuing to help those who have no idea where to turn or what to do next. You make a difference

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Due to personal experience i know how hard it is, seeing someone you love dealing with cancer. Fran Dreschers Foundation informs women about this disease and what to do to prevent it from spreading. So many of us say, "it's not going to happen to me" and turn their back! FACT - unfortunatelly sometimes it does, then too late. Luckily in MY family it wasn't too late. We have to be AWARE and Fran Dreschers Foundation is there to help! Thank you!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cancer Schmancer has seriously upped my awareness of this disease. Cancer is something you hear about so much you tend to tune it out-there are so many different kinds and so much information it becomes overwhelming. This organization made me take notice, and from there I leaned more about cures and prevention for women. I even have taken the time to volunteer locally because I am more aware.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a 3 time cancer survivor and recipient of a bone marrow transplant I can't say enough about any organization involved in the fight to bring awareness and hopes for a cure. I especially appreciate that Fran has brought her celebrity to the cause. We need more celebrities to bring awareness and put their name with a cause for the fight.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently had an abmormal pap where they found hpv cells. I had no clue what that meant for me, all I wanted to do was cry. I thought that it meant I had cancer. I had no idea what to even ask. The cancer schmancer movement has given me the knowledge and confidence to question my doctor to make sure that I get the proper tests and treatment. I do not have cancer and I am getting regular testing to ensure that it stays that way! THANK YOU SO MUCH FRAN DRESCHER for starting the Cancer Schmancer Movement! You are an inspiration and I hope I can help the Cancer Schmancer Movement like it has helped me!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I Love what this foundation stands for, and all its doing to help fight cancer. Awareness is the 1st step to help in the fight . My father passed away from it when I was a teenager and my mother has survived breast cancer. So it means a great deal knowing that this foundation is out there to help.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello there. Single Mom just diagnosed with multiple lumps. Very scared. Having one sent to biopsy tomorrow. HAD to fight for the cancer blood test HDL. HAD to fight to get proper tests. Good practice in case the C word/which runs in my family..comes up. Scared Lil Jewish Gal! Linda @lindasmith247/twitter

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

At 35 I was diagnosed with Uterine and Cervical cancer. That was 7 years ago. I underwent a radical hysterectomy and have been cancer free since. Unfortunately I never had any children. I often wonder if I would have been diagnosed sooner had the right tests been available and done at that time. I also wonder why for years did the tests show me as “normal” when I had cancer growing inside me. I was, like Ms. Drescher, misdiagnosed for years. I stand behind everything that she and her foundation have done and will do for all women. She is a fierce and courageous woman! This foundation is the absolute best thing that has happened for women in the fight against cancer. Fran you are awesome!

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe that Cancer Schmancer should receive the 2009 Cancer Fighters Award. It is an organization that works to revolutionize healthcare in America and whose message is being spread globally by its inspiring and passionate president and visionary, Fran Drescher. A uterine cancer survivor with a heart of steel, she guides what has become a powerful movement to change the way people view their own healthcare. She urges people to be partners with their physicians and become "medical consumers" who constantly advocate for the best possible care available to them. This movement speaks to me because I lost my grandfather to prostate cancer in 2000 and the insights I've gained through becoming a member of Cancer Schmancer have enlightened me to the fact that his illness could have been detected earlier than it was and he might have lived. Because of Fran Drescher and Cancer Schmancer I will know for the rest of my life not to ignore peculiarities in my health that could indicate cancer or other ailments. Knowledge is power and Cancer Schmancer is a perfect example of just how much power knowledge truly can have. Please choose Cancer Schmancer for this award. The organization, and especially our angel Fran, deserves it so much. Thank you.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i love the cancer schmancer foundation...i haven't been a member for long but my friends told me about this and my aunt has ran a lot of marathons supporting this foundation! i so proud what this foundation has done for many women in the country with all kinds of cancer, it gives them strength,and most important...hope. Fran Drescher is a true hero, she has made me realize how many people were told at the last minute that they had cancer. It makes me feel like I'm a hero too by joining this organization, and that's just priceless!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cancer Schmancer is a wonderful foundation trying to educate women about cancer. Not only does it provide helpful personal experiences from the public, but also from the person who started this foundation.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think this foundation is wonderful. Cancer runs in the women in my family. I'm glad there are organizations like this!!

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Right now I am just an admirer of the Cancer Schmancer organization, but would like to become a member. This organization is very useful and active, not just sitting around advertising. They act. They are reliable and personal. Fran Drescher is an outstanding leader for this foundation. Many people love and support CS. They are very dedicated and want more than anything to make a difference.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Let's kick cancer into the past. Far too many people are affected by this horrible, disgusting disease. With your help Cancer Schmancer WILL help to beat cancer. WW NEED YOUR HELP. Please, join our battle now !