Another year….

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.IMG_6937

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.

However.

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….

Image result for friends don't let friends relay image 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!!

 

Peace~

“Purpose of Life is to Live with Purpose”

 

4 comments

  1. Michelle · June 11, 2016

    Chris thank you for sharing this. I know this cannot be easy. I also know that the knowledge you have gained through your loss can go to educate others and help others. I have always said that wilth all the money donated to the ACS why has there not been a cure? You have answered that. People making a large salary at the expense of others. People donate, walk, raise money, etc. because of their loss, or their victory. It is appauling that people take advantage of that. Thank you again for posting this and opening our eyes. My grandmother and my mom died from cancer and we donated to the cause. Now I feel great sadness and regret that we did not do more research.

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    • christymits · June 11, 2016

      Please don’t have great sadness and regret…..instead, do something. Share this message. Do your own research on organizations that you would now like to support. Share your new knowledge with others. Make a difference as much as you gain.
      Peace~

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  2. Michelle Colbert-Cuddy · June 11, 2016

    Chris …. Thank you. My mother was 41 and her mother 61 when they died 10 months apart from cancer. RESEARCH!!! A paper for the American Medical Journal was written on my mother’s cancer in 1975. The cancer was very rare, thought to be caused by a virus from a squirrel monkey.Now if they knew that…. where is the cure? I have walked, donated etc. No more. I will find different ways to contribute. Thank you. And thank you for your strength, for sharing your baby girl with so many and your determination!

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  3. Sue · June 12, 2016

    Thank-you for doing the research and for educating us. Since you have done the research, do you mind sharing a couple cancer organizations that use their money wisely and really do make a difference? I was shocked by the information you shared. Cancer has and is affecting many of my family members. I want to be sure to support those that really do make a difference. Thank-you for all you do 💝

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