Another year….my baby should have been 15 this week. Instead, she will be forever 14 years old.
Don’t get me wrong, I am so grateful that we had 14+ years with this amazing human. But it just wasn’t enough. And so unbelievably unfair that you were taken too soon.
Another year…..of watching the Relay for Life event unfold in our local town. I am grateful this year that I am working today…… I don’t have to travel past this event and feel the extra hurt of knowing that people are still oblivious.
Today while sitting at work, I received a text from a friend….asking where to locate the ACS information. And that text pushed me to finish writing this blog that I actually started researching and writing earlier this week. It’s just so hard to keep pushing forward….raising awareness…..when all I want is MY daughter BACK!!
And that can’t happen.
So maybe, instead of feeling sorry and dismal, maybe, just maybe, I need to share this……American Cancer Society, and Relay for Life are a SCAM! And I am not just pissed off about this because they don’t do squat for kids…..I am pissed off because there are SO, SO, SO many organizations that would do MORE with donations for ALL cancers. I am also pissed off because MY employer supports Relay for Life and ACS. Why?!?!? I know there are a ton of intelligent people that can do the research like I have. I know there are many many people that can do simple math, like I have.
Is it just laziness? Is it propaganda?? Or is it that American Cancer Society has been shoved down our throats for years….that they are helping people have more birthdays….that they are reaching for that cure to cancer……that they are “there” for Americans. I call bullshit.
So here is the breakdown folks….
ACS received $847,861,530 in donations in 2014 (latest IRS form 990 information). Of which, $441,686,016 was used for salaries. That is 52% of all donations go towards salaries. Salaries like that of CEO John Seffrin who was paid $1,287,247, and COO Gregory Bontrager made $1,120,038, EVP David Veneziano received $1,110,883 and Sr EVP Joseph Cahoon Jr made $1,008,931 in 2014.
Another sick thought…..$17,144,816 was paid to lobbyists. We all just love lobbyists, now don’t we??!?! Whereas $19,112,920 was paid for grants and assistance to Americans in need for programs like: Look good Feel Better program, Wigs for women, Transportation, guest room programs and other patient support systems….Can you see that just 2 million dollars more is paid to actual patients suffering from cancer versus companies that lobby our governments congressmen and women?!?! Seriously??!? Don’t you think that cancer patients deserve more? I mean let’s get real here…..all those cancer patients and their families are raising money for ACS.
That brings me to fundraising expenses…..$201,303,109 was spent to raise more money. That is 23.7% of money raised goes into raising more money. Huh, you say??? For every $100 you raise at the Relay for Life event…..$23 goes to raise more money. Sounds like a great investment, doesn’t it???
My final, and honestly the most important part…..RESEARCH! According to the 990 IRS form Mission Statement for the American Cancer Society is this: To eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from the disease through research, education, advocacy and service. Research you say?? What a joke!! $112,688,736 was spent on research grants in 2014. That is a measly 13.2% of raised funds….OR $13.20 for every $100 raised. I find this insulting. Absurd. And an absolute need for CHANGE!! Don’t keep feeding into the Big Business of Cancer….
Seriously??!?! A world without cancer will NOT be due to ACS. Sorry folks…..Relay for life does not support Research….
I did see that the revenue received by ACS from 2013 to 2014 did decrease by $71,668,244. Maybe, just maybe America is waking up……
I would like to add…..A GIANT thank you to my daughter’s school (and Mrs Jensen) for changing our school’s mini relay for life event at the school…..Now a majority of raised funds (by the district teachers, students and families) goes to more fiscally responsible cancer organizations…..
baby steps…..must keep pushing forward…..my baby girl has got to be smiling down from heaven about that!!!
To ALL cancer survivors and their families…..You don’t need to walk the lap as a survivor at the Relay for Life event to feel accomplished….YOU already are!!
“Purpose of Life is to Live with Purpose”