On behalf of the Mid-America Province Philanthropy Committee, it is my honor to announce the new MAP Philanthropy cause: Relay for Life/American Cancer Society!
Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US and accounts for 1 of every 4 deaths. In 2015, about 589,430 Americans are expected to die of cancer, or about 1,620 people per day. As Pharmacists and Kappa Psi Brothers, we strive to look beyond the statistics and pharmacological treatments to help improve the quality of life for our patients and their families. One way we can accomplish this mission is to support the American Cancer Society in their fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society provides research grants, raises public awareness about the importance of cancer screenings and prevention, and urges legislators to pass laws that support cancer research.
There are many ways that we can support the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life is an overnight community fundraising walk which provides an opportunity for remembering those who lost their lives to cancer and honoring survivors and their families. You can also support the American Cancer Society by increasing awareness at local schools or clinics. For example, you could teach elementary school children about the importance of wearing sunscreen or counsel patients about smoking cessation at a local clinic. I will be working with the MAP Philanthropy Committee to collect ideas to share with all chapters, but start thinking about how you would like to support this important cause!