Millions of cancer survivors are still thriving, thanks to past research. But every year, more people are diagnosedmore than two million in 2016. Research at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) continues to offer more hope to cancer patients every year.
The Five for the Fight campaign raises money to fund HCI's cancer research. The campaign launched last week, with Provo, Utah-based Qualtrics donating $1 million to Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF), which exists solely to support cancer research at HCI.
Peter Huntsman, HCF's CEO, kicked off Five for the Fight at the event last week. He hopes the global campaign will not only raise money but also get people involved in the fight against cancer.
Participants in Five for the Fight donate $5 at www.fiveforthefight.com. Then they write on one hand why or for whom they are joining the fight against cancer. They snap a photo or shoot a quick video and post it to social media using the hashtag #fiveforthefight and tag five friends to encourage them to join.
Linda Hill, a survivor of multiple cancers, is thrilled about Five for the Fight. "The majority of the population lives paycheck to paycheck, but I think everyone really can donate $5,"she says. "My Five for the Fight is for my family. I don't want to see my kids have to get chemo, radiation or surgeries." She says more research means her seven kids and seven grandchildren have a better chance to grow up healthy, and she loves that 100% of the money raised during Five for the Fight will be used to further cancer research at HCI.
In 2008, Steve Kelly almost lost his leg to cancer. An injury while serving his country overseas led to the discovery of bone cancer, and after being told his leg would be amputated, Steve sought a second opinion from Huntsman Cancer Institute. Eight years later, Steve is not only cancer-free, he still has use of his leg. He credits the doctors at HCI for saving his life, thanks to advances in cancer research. "I'm the recipient of all the people before me who've given money to research," says Steve. "Not just the science behind it, but the better surgeries and the better outcomes."
Emma Houston has a family history of breast cancer and has always been diligent about yearly checkups. In 2005, she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer, and her doctors suggested she get treated at HCI. She calls her experience at HCI phenomenal, and Emma has now been cancer-free for six years. She hopes her story, along with Five for the Fight, encourages people around the world to get involved in the fight against cancer. "Go get your checkups, get whatever information, whatever help you need. It is dear to my heart that we find a cure for this," she says.
"I hope this campaign will lead to more stories like mine," says Linda Hill. Stories like hers and Steve Kelly's, and Emma Houston's stories of victory over cancer.
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Huntsman Cancer Foundation's sole purpose is to raise funds to support the mission of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI): to understand cancer from its beginnings, to use that knowledge in creation and improvement of cancer treatments, to relieve the suffering of cancer patients, and to provide education about cancer risk, prevention and care. One hundred percent of all Five for the Fight donations go to cancer research and patient care. For more information, visit http://www.fiveforthefight.com.