Cancer affects everyone; according to the National Cancer Institute, 39 percent of the population will receive a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lifetime. So if it isn’t you, it will be someone you love. This begs the question: What can you do to help in the fight against cancer? We have learned that you don’t have to go to great lengths to make a difference! Here are some easy, everyday things that will change lives while using minimal effort and skill on your part.
Become a Volunteer
Cancer centers, hospices, and hospitals are always grateful for the help they get from caring volunteers. You can visit patients as they undergo treatment, volunteer to drive patients to their treatment appointments, run errands such as filling prescriptions, buying groceries, or shuttling kids to school and activities. Volunteer to assist a cancer organization by answering phones, packing up information packages, responding to inquiries, helping patients navigate the facility or simply being a friend.
Contact the cancer center of your local hospital to find out about volunteering opportunities they have, and if they don’t have a program, ask about starting one. You can also call your state or local chapter of the American Cancer Society. The ACS has annual walks/relays that you can join to raise money to help in the fight to end cancer. They can also connect you with other local volunteer opportunities.
Use Your Skills and Talents
If you know how to knit, crochet, or sew, use your talents for making caps for patients who lose their hair. Make footies that cancer patients can wear at home or at the hospital to keep their feet warm and comfortable. When you make handmade blankets or quilts, you are giving someone a generous and thoughtful gift that will comfort them throughout their journey back to health.
If you’re a singer, a dancer, or instrumental musician, contact a hospital or cancer center to find out if you can give a free concert or recital for patients and their families. The chemo room can be a gloomy place, so ask about making arrangements to sing and play the piano or guitar. Watch the gloom turn to smiles! Your thoughtfulness will mean a lot to cancer patients and their families.
Learn About Ways to Help Through Shopping
The holiday gifts you buy will be far more meaningful when the people on your list realize that the proceeds from the gift will go to support cancer research. Cancer gift sets are useful and thoughtful, especially for caregivers, cancer patients, and their families. At Choose Hope you can find holiday, birthday, anniversary, cancerversary and countless other gifts, and every month we make a donation to fund cancer research and the cancer community.
If you regularly shop at Amazon, consider making purchases at Amazon through the Amazon Smile Foundation. All you have to do is join the program, and the foundation will donate a portion of your payment to the American Cancer Society, St. Jude, Stupid Cancer or any other cancer organization you choose through the website. What a great way to make a difference!
These are just some of many small ways that you can help in the fight against cancer. Learn about the many ways that you can put your shopping to work without having to spend any money. Use your talents, and donate your time to volunteer. If you focus on things that cancer patients need, or things that will make them feel better, those small efforts are just as important as the monetary donations that individuals and companies make to cancer research or care organizations.