Three reasons to consider giving to Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation (or any cancer non-profit)

Three reasons to consider giving to Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation (or any cancer non-profit)


Three reasons to consider giving to Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation (or any cancer non-profit):


Reason #1: Colon cancer is common and it is deadly. I’m going to get the tough part out of the way first. If we don’t admit there is a problem, we can’t work on the solution. Colon cancer is a big, bad deal. One in 20 Americans will get it in their lifetimes, 150,000 are diagnosed each year, and 50,000 Americans will die of colon cancer this year. 50,000 Americans. This last figure is mind blowing. To put it into perspective: 3000 people died as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks. By comparison, colon cancer kills the equivalent of seventeen September 11th attacks every year. 9/11 was a call to action: we ousted the Taliban, put a hurting on Al Qaeda, reformed airport security and intelligence, and poured money into drones and other terrorist-busting technologies. Because of this, Al Qaeda is resorting to putting bombs in their underwear and they have not yet succeeded in hurting us again. So I ask you - why can’t we do the same thing to colon cancer, a much more common and sinister enemy?




Reason #2: Research funding is lacking and we can’t leave it up to the government to fix this. The way to find a cure for colon cancer, or any other complex disease is to spend money on research. It takes a lot of money. So how are we doing? For the past few years the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute budgets have been mostly flat, not even keeping up with inflation. NIH had about 30 billion dollars to spend last year. This may seem like a lot of money, but it covers research on all aspects of human health, from asthma to zygomycosis. The NCI had a budget of 5 billion, which must be spread thin over countless types of cancers. Let’s return to the 9/11 analogy. Terrorism is a much smaller problem than cancer, so the antiterrorism budget must be small relative to the war on cancer right? The answer is an emphatic no. About 1.3 trillion dollars were spent in Afghanistan and Iraq alone. This is twenty-six times the total NCI spending during the last 10 years combined. So, now that Al Qaeda is weak and colon cancer is killing the equivalent of seventeen twin towers a year, we must be shifting resources to increase cancer research spending right? Nope. The talk in Washington is about austerity and budget cuts. Therefore, we can’t leave it up to the government to address the shortage in research funds. Patients are counting on non-profits together with the generosity of people to pick up the slack.


Reason #3 Chris4Life is doing great things with our resources. Hopefully I have convinced you that colon cancer is a common disease that affects too many American families. It hit my family by taking the life of the strongest person I have ever met, my mother. That is why we founded Chris4Life and that is why one of our core missions is to raise money to find a cure for colon cancer. Here are some of the highlights of our research funding: $1.1 million over the next 5 years to the Otto J. Ruesch Center of the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers at Georgetown University; $100,000 to Georgetown to fund a clinical trial on a drug that may help patients whose tumors do not respond to standard therapy; $500,000 to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute to pursue some promising initial results on the usage of Chinese herbal medicine together with chemo and radiation. Going forward, Chris4Life will fund research by the brightest scientists with the boldest ideas. To identify these ideas we have formed a team of colon cancer experts from around the country. In order to make a real impact, we need help. Let’s not leave it up to the government. Let’s pitch in ourselves! Please consider giving. Please get involved.  And please spread the word!


Paul J. Sapienza

Founding Director of the Board

Are you at Risk For Colorectal Cancer?

  • 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women combined
  • Colonoscopies not only discover cancer, but can also stop cancer
  • 50% of Americans still do not get colonoscopy reimbursement
  • Colon cancer research is still vastly under-funded

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