Earlier this year, Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) Board Member Raj Mantena, RPh, announced his intention to match individual donations to CCF dollar-for-dollar, up to $1 million, throughout the month of September. His generous support of The Campaign to Conquer Cancer—a comprehensive, $150 million fundraising campaign to take down cancer by supporting breakthrough research and sharing vital knowledge with physicians, patients, and families—was instrumental in helping CCF work toward meeting its goal of raising $50,000 by September 30.
Throughout the month of December, Mr. Mantena is yet again matching all donations to the Conquer Cancer Foundation 2-to-1, tripling the impact of gifts made between December 1 and 31.
As with regular gifts, matching gift funds will support the Foundation mission area each donor selects. Options include the CCF Grants and Awards Program, Cancer.Net and ASCO’s patient information program, CancerLinQ (ASCO’s rapid learning system), and more. If a donor does not have a particular mission area in mind, he or she can always give to CCF’s “Area of Greatest Need,” supplying triple the support where it is needed most.
No matter which mission area a donor selects, all gifts count toward The Campaign to Conquer Cancer’s $150 million goal. While Mr. Mantena’s challenge means each donation goes three times as far, it also means that each gift brings the Foundation three times closer to realizing its vision: a world free from the fear of cancer.
History has shown we can—and have—made progress: The cancer death rate has dropped 20% in the past 20 years thanks, in part, to the hard work of dedicated oncology professionals. But it is critical we continue this momentum, which cannot be maintained without the support of generous donors.
Donors can participate in this matching gift challenge at conquercancerfoundation.org/match or by mailing a check to the Conquer Cancer Foundation at P.O. Box 896076, Charlotte, NC 28289-6076. Mail donations must be postmarked by December 31, 2015, to qualify for the 2-to-1 match.
Will you step up to the challenge? ■
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