I love this idea! A cancer survivor launched a non-profit organization to connect cancer patients along with their friends and family to cancer researchers. CureCancerStarter.org is one of the first websites of its kind and it is utilizing a kickstarter approach to raising funds for research and clinical trials.
CureCancerStarter.org was created by cancer survivor Martin Smith and Raleigh web and software developers Atlantic BT. At the present time, the website costs are being paid by Smith and Atlantic BT as a payback and pay forward “Thank You” to cancer researchers and great cancer care institutions. If you are interested in helping, they are accepting donations from many web visitors.
The site is free for federally designated cancer centers and cancer patients, their friends and family to use. Cancer Centers can upload information about cancer research so patients and donors can “see inside the lab” for the first time.
The organization features cancer research from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center,the Duke Cancer Institute, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. They plan to extend to other federally designated cancer research centers soon.
Crowdfunding cancer research sprang into Smith’s mind when his oncologist Dr. Hank van Deventer shared how his recent cancer research NIH application for fibrocyte research was turned down during one of Smith’s 18 rounds of chemotherapy. His research was one of the first campaigns shared on the site. For more information, go to CureCancerStarter.org.
Happy Thoughtful Thursday to you!