5 Amazing Organizations Supporting Cancer Research

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world and affects people regardless of age. Those dealing with a diagnosis often need medical, emotional, and financial support. In no particular order, this list introduces groups that help cancer patients lead more enjoyable lives while continuously working towards finding better treatments and a cure for the disease.

We begin with Hyundai Hope On Wheels, at #1. This nonprofit organization was formed in 1998 as a local initiative to support the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. It works with the physician-research community, helping members find new medical approaches and improved care options for children afflicted with the disease.

HHOW donates funds and visits children’s hospitals across the U.S. to conduct its signature ceremony in which kids leave their handprints on Hyundai cars. This is meant to represent hope and boost awareness for childhood cancer.

Up next is Stand Up To Cancer at #2. Created in 2008 by a group of nine women in the entertainment and news community, this organization is dedicated to forming a unified front against the disease through fundraising, public engagement, and education.

SU2C researchers focus on immunology, DNA damage response, epigenetics, pediatric cancer, interception, tumor models, imaging, and more. It provides grants and awards for studies that have the potential to transform cancer treatment for both adults and children.

At #3, we present the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. In 1997, Agi Hirshberg established it in honor of her late husband; the nonprofit is dedicated to advancing studies and providing information, resources, and aid to cancer patients and their families.

This organization funds medical symposiums as well as research studies working to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. The foundation hosts numerous events, such as Tour de Pier, throughout the year to support the afflicted and their families as well as raise additional funds for research.

Next up, at #4, is the End Brain Cancer Initiative - the Chris Elliott Fund. This charity was founded in 2015 by Dellann Elliott Mydland and is dedicated to closing the gap between advanced treatment and clinical trial participation. It provides patients with access to information, specialists, and support programs, to assist with treatment and recovery.

EBCI raises funds for research, provides support and guidance to patients and their caregivers, educates people on matters related to brain tumors and cancer, and advocates for an improved national public health policy.

Lastly, we have the Max Cure Foundation, at #5. This organization is dedicated to funding research for the development of pediatric cancer drug therapies, with an emphasis on finding less toxic treatments. It also pursues and supports legislative and regulatory changes that benefit children with cancer.

Founded by the Plotkin family in December 2008, MCF provides financial support to low-income, military, and first responder families who have a child battling cancer to ease some of the family's burdens while dealing with the diagnosis. It also offers funds for access to counseling services, psychiatric care, and support-group activities.