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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 in my mind is like a monsterous invasion of your body that does not care who it takes in its path. I was always aware of cancer, but I never thought it would come into my life until my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer last year. After trying everthing in our means to save her life, she died 6 short months later. I'm still in a state of shock from it all. Her cancer was caught in its late stage which is typical of lung cancer. When the cancer schmancer foundation was brought to my attention, the first thing that really struck me was the line, "stage 1 is the cure". That stuck in my mind so strong. My mother may have had a chance if her cancer was caught at an earlier stage. This foundation is exactly what we need to get the word out there to others about what we need to know and how powerful we can be to make a much needed change to how cancer is diagnosed. This is a wonderful foundation for anyone looking for true facts and information and what we can do to make a difference in the cure for cancer.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2008. Luckily it was caught early because it was very fast moving. She recently received her last chemotherapy treatment and is currently undergoing radiation. I'm so thankful that the doctors caught it early, because it really does make a difference. I love the work this foundation is doing because diagnosing cancer while it's still in stage one is really important and it saves lives!

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was really in the dark about cancer and how many people are affected by it and also things that I need to do to be better for myself. I personally don't know anyone who has had cancer or who has it now and that seems to be a rareity in today's world. Cancer Schmancer and Fran Drescher keep me posted and up on all things cancer and what I need to warn and inform others about. They also have given me a financial outlet to support cancer research.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm writing this review because I know this organization does great things. I'd like to continue to see it make a difference. Thanks to all your efforts and resources!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The more I learn of the Cancer Schamncer Foundation the more impressed I become. Under Fran Drescher's guidence and passion her foundation is making a profound difference in the effort to bring awareness to the critical importance of the life saving discovery for cancer treatment in stage one. From my observation Fran continues to work tirelessly on many levels in her efforts to improve our medical community including helping to enact congressional legislation measures as well as producing and distributing her empowering and educational dvd with valuable step by step instructions for taking control of your body and health. She is also robustly active in creating positive results with her role as US Public Diplomacy Envoy for Women's Health Issues. I believe that the Cancer Schmancer Foundation is truly and sincerely striving to save lives.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe Cancer Schmancer Foundation is such a wonderful foundation because they really care and are determined to find cancer in the 1st most curable stage. I am so grateful that my mom was lucky enough to catch her cancer at stage one and now has been cancer free for 3 years. Although I barley remember it because I was 9 at the time I know how tough it was on her but she never gave up hope and that is why I believe foundations like Cancer Schmancer are so important because they bring hope to people who need it the most, and dedicate themselves to find cancer at the earliest stages so women have the best hope for survival. I just became obsessed with "The Nanny" and went online because I wanted to see what the great Fran Drescher has done since then and found out about this organization and am so happy I found it because it is such a wonderful thing. I really hope that Cancer Schmancer only grows and becomes bigger and better so the whole world will know about it because it is something that this world is lacking, early detection, hope and a fight to the cure. Please anyone out there if you could support this wonderful foundation. They have so much to bring. You never know until it is too late. People are finding out they have cancer today when they should have found out yesterday. We should be so thankful of our health; you never quite understand how painful, horrible and depressing cancer is until you have it, and we don’t want people finding out how bad it really is that way. We need to educate people now so they can prevent cancer later. Hannah Tobias Beloit WI 53511 Age 13

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fran is such an inspiration. The cancer schmancer foundation keeps me informed as to what is happening in reaching the foundations goal of "stage one is the cure" It enables me to participate in something bigger than myself, but reminds me that one person can make a difference. My mother-in-law is an ovarian cancer survivor from the 60's going stron at 80 years old! My husband and mother are breast cancer survivors diagnosed early. My husband and mother are both breast cancer survivors. Thankfully diagnosed early!

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cancer Schmancer is such a great organization. As women we tend to overlook our own needs and focus on others. This organization helps bring the focus on women and thier bodies becuase as Fran says "You will not be able to help your family if you are ten feet under".

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the sister of a cancer survivor. When my sister was diagnosed, I learned that there were no early tests for Ovarian Cancer. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I questioned my doctors, I called the onocology department of my local hospital. Everywhere I was met with the same response - there are no early tests for Ovarian Cancer. Talking with my friends, many of them were surprised to hear the same information. Can you imagine how horrible it is to realize a whole community of people without information? We sit at the brink of an information revolution and there is no info out there unless you are like me and have to learn about cancer because someone you love is diagnosed. Cancer Schmancer is the only organization that I have been able to find that addresses the issue of early testing for all cancers. When early testing is figured out, everyone in our communities will benefit; women, men and children alike.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an ovarian cancer patient, I first learned of Cancer Schmancer and was inspired to fight through the extensive post-surgical period and the brutal IV and IP treatments. I advise people to spread their support net wide and gather as much information and encouragement as possible. Now more than a year since treatment, with no recurrence and a normal CA-125 for the past year, I continue to fight against ovarian cancer by co-sponsoring a Talk Out Loud support group and passing the word about early detection and treatment. Cancer Schmancer was my first link to such support ... and in respect to this Foundation, we Sister Survivors continue to pay it forward.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

you are the icing on the cake, what you are acomplishing is an inspiration to all women who are suffering with ovarian cancer maybe one day there will be cure to prevent it. you have my total an respect and support. you are my biggest idol i follow in you footsteps.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Going through cancer affects people in different ways. The support of friends and family helps as does those connections that include prayers for us. The best way is with those who have experienced Cancer. Know what it does to you mentally, physically and spiritually. For those of you who work tirelessly for us thank you. Without you, your work, and your beliefs we would have a harder road to travel. Cancer Schmancer. Thank you!

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm from Spain and I've heard about it by internet.I think that the Cancer Schmancer foundation's work it's incalculable. Hopfully many women have this foundation which supports them in many ways, and gives oportunities to many others, to advice people about the problems the may have, and promotes the importance to take care of oneself. I just applaud them for the strenght.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first off just want to say how much this organization has changed me as a person. Now I have never had cancer, but people in my family have. This is a foundation to not only change people phisically but to change them emotionally as well. I truly believe in my heart every word that Fran Drescher has said is true. She got famouse, got cancer, but lived to talk about it. So she is talking. Trying to better peoples lives because she knows what it feels like to live with cancer. I feel her cancer was a blessing and God gave it to her to better peoples lives around her. Wherever i go i KNOW the words she speaks are from the heart. This is well deserved and together, standing as one, we WILL make a difference for good.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Even though I was born a generation too late, I began to watch The Nanny recently on Nick@Nite and after falling in love with the spunky character played by Fran Drescher, I proceeded to watch every single episode online. I was intrigued by her and decided to look into what she does now. I found the Cancer Schmancer foundation and she had me as soon as I heard the name. This organization is very empowering especially for a young woman such as myself and listening to her speeches and reading information from the Cancer Schmancer website has inspired me to take control of my own body. I've also set aside a little bit of money every time my paycheck comes in to eventually donate to the organization. Because of the way Fran portrays Cancer as something we can all overcome, this organization has become one of my favorites.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cancer Schmancer is an outstanding Foundation. My family has been greatly affected by cancer. My aunt and nanna lost the battle to cancer, my grandpa is currently fighting cancer for a third time and my cousin is a survivor of breast cancer. Cancer Schmancer informs women about ways to take control of their bodies. Fran Drescher is an inspiration to many, including myself. She is the perfect women to run Cancer schmancer. With the help of this foundation many lives can be saved and many others will be informed about cancer.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had breast reconstruction and at the time they used silicone implants. The implants leaked and she ended up with Lupus as a result. She was so sick and then it spread to her lungs which ultimately ended her life. Had she been given the information and help that Frans organization puts out, I'm sure it would have made a difference! Fran's organization not only gets the word out but I'm sure it keeps research on it's toes!! I have another Aunt who has breast cancer and thanks to someone like Fran awareness is key to her surviving! Thanks Fran!!!!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the best nonprofits for getting out the word that Cancer is not the end but a beginning of a while new perspective on life. What better spokesperson than the feisty Fran Drescher.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cancer Schmncer is an amazing foundation. My mother is a survivor of bone cancer and was diagnosed in a later stage. I fully support Cancer Schmancer so that no one has to go through what my family did.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With the help of Cancer Schmancer, my mom was able to detect her cancer early. And now I found out that I could have the same thing. I go back in six months to find out for sure. Thanks to this foundation I know exactly what questions to ask and what steps to take.