My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Lazarex Cancer Foundation, Danville, CA, USA
When I was about 13 one of my childhood friends passed away from a very rare form of childhood cancer. My young self developed this understand of cancer, that it was this super-giant disease that had no cure that you just had to pray you didn't get. I think many people still believe this. When I was introduced to Lazarex Cancer Foundation, I realized the problem was not that there is no singular cure - the problem is an embarrassing lack of accessibility.
Cancer patients and clinical trials are codependent entities. If patients can't reach the trials, they will miss out on treatments that may save their lives. If trials can't get enough patients to participate, they cannot progress their research that may save many more lives than just the trial participants. If this cycle continues, we will never find a scalable, accessible, or equitable cure for cancers. Furthermore, if clinical trials continue to only be attended by those who can afford the travel, the room/board, the lost wages, etc, our healthcare will continue to reflect income inequality, and therefore will not address the healthcare needs of lower income communities (often communities of color, who are disproportionately exposed to carcinogens).
Lazarex Cancer Foundation has identified a necessary step in a patient's path to remission that our healthcare system continually ignores. Lazarex is helping families stay together. They are saving families from crippling health debt. They are not only saving lives, but they are progressing the science and the legislation necessary to eliminate cancer from our vocabularies. They are exposing the systemic problems with our healthcare system and actively combating it for a better future.