I came to work for OCF from a well known surf brand. I specialize in everything "web 2.0" aka Social Media. At the foundation I spread awareness reaching out to those in need of aid and those who maybe never heard of oral cancer. The largest challenge that we face are the lack of people screened annually for oral cancer- which in turn equals to the lack of people that are aware. As stated on the OCF website- one person every hour of every day dies from oral cancer. No one is excluded from that statistic, even if you don't smoke. Before working with OCF, I had no idea. What many people do not know is that OCF's ability to help people does not stop with oral cancer. I have never had oral cancer. I haver never had a family member with oral cancer. I have never even had a close friend with oral cancer... but OCF has helped me. This foundation, the founder, the volunteers and the people on the forum have all helped to make me a better person. I have spoken to people who have survived oral cancer, are going through oral cancer, have recently been diagnosed with oral cancer and have lost loved ones from oral cancer. Hearing their stories gives me the momentum and pushes me to fight harder everyday to help them and prevent anyone from having to go through this. The experience I have working at OCF is truly priceless and has made me cognizant of the importance of helping others. Because of OCF I go to sleep every night proud of who I am.
The Oral Cancer Foundation provides many helps to communities around the US to raise the awareness of Oral Cancer. Their walks help involve many and raise money for needed research and imortant information. It is very helpful to have an organization as well informed, active, and caring as the OCF involved in helping patients and professionals.
I have sent all of my patients to this web site with great results. Everyone has thanked me for hooking them up to such an informative and open forum. I believe this site has all the elements that can assist a patient when face with the news of possible cancer and its effects on their life.
I have had the pleasure and honor of writing several website articles, news releases and other communications materials for the Oral Cancer Foundation over the past year or so. I could not be more in awe of the commitment of the Foundation and its founder, Brian Hill, to promoting early detection of the disease and to serving as a vital resource to oral cancer victims and their families and friends. Before Brian created the Foundation, public awareness of this surprisingly common and fatal disease was extremely low, and victims had very little access to desperately-needed information and advice. All one has to do is talk with an oral cancer victim to appreciate what a spectacular job the Foundation has done in filling this void. Particularly impressive to me is how the Foundation's online forums brilliantly allow oral cancer survivors to provide insight, counsel and comfort to more recently-diagnosed patients. The pain and suffering these amazing people have experienced is exceeded only by their compassion for their fellow victims. What many people do not realize is how tirelessly Brian works on behalf of the Foundation. For Brian it is virtually a 24/7 obsession, and his wife Ingrid also volunteers a great deal of her time despite the fact that she works full-time elsewhere. Moreover, the Hills' personal financial commitment to the Foundation has been truly above-and-beyond the call of duty, particularly when you consider that Brian's impressive track record as an entrepreneur would make it easy for him to accept a high-paying offer to run a private or public company. The impact that Brian Hill and the Oral Cancer Foundation have made to date is probably impossible to measure. However, if you speak to Brian, it is clear that this impact pales in comparison to what will be accomplished in the years to come.
Thank god for the Oral Cancer Foundation. Although oral cancer kills one American an hour, it is disease which has been largely unknown by the general public. However, this is slowly beginning to change based in part on the great website that OCF runs, but more importantly by all of the public awareness that has been generated in recent years by OCF. OCF has also lobbied effectively for more funds for oral cancer research, and for the American Dental Association to pay more attention to the condition. Arguably, nothing a dentist does for a patient is more valuable than an oral cancer exam, and too few dentists do this exam on a routine basis. OCF is helping to change all of that.