Charitable organizations are meant to benefit those in need. However, the government recently discovered that four cancer foundations have used their given cause as an opportunity for personal advantage. Featured on CNN, The Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, the Children’s Cancer Fund of America, and the Breast Cancer Society were ultimately found responsible for scamming donors out of a total of $187 million. +Read the full article
These funds, given in support of cancer patients and research, were instead used for the personal gains of the charity operators, their families, friends, as well as hired fundraisers. The corruption of these charities, while unfortunate, should not deter others from showing support.
Promoting charities that are truly making a difference will result in overall progress to those afflicted. Coinciding with the upcoming National Cancer Survivors’ Day on June 7th, those discouraged by the incident should alter the focus to instead gain further understanding and to honor the foundations, such as the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for a Cure, whose incredible work benefits countless.