Fundraising for MD Anderson is a great way to become an active participant in making a difference in the outcomes of patients everywhere.
Here are ways to help us raise money:
- Third-Party Events are fundraising events that consist of small-scale projects coordinated by young children to large-scale events coordinated by professionals, all of which are dedicated to Making Cancer History®. By participating in Third Party Fundraising, be it through online or an actual event or a combination of both, you help us grow not only our monetary resources but also our geographic outreach as a community representative in our fight to end cancer. A licensing agreement will need to be executed in order to be granted access to the use of the MD Anderson name and/or logo on your promotional materials.
- Boot Walk to End Cancer® is an annual 1.2 mile walk in Houston held each November. Participants have their own online fundraising pages to fundraise on behalf of MD Anderson. You don’t have to be in Houston on event day to participate. You can register as a virtual walker to have an online fundraising page and still join us in giving cancer the boot!
- Fundraise to End Cancer by creating an online fundraising page. Whether you dedicate your birthday, are fundraising in memory of a loved one, taking on a challenge with co-workers or friends, or have a creative idea, you can help MD Anderson end cancer by asking friends and family to make donations on their behalf. MD Anderson materials provided through the online website are the only materials that may be used to promote your fundraiser.
However you decide to fundraise, you will be an important part of the institution’s philanthropy and create hope for a world without cancer.
Sarah Kettles, originally from Mansfield, Texas, lives in the San Francisco Bay area. She's a 2013 alumna of Texas 4000, a program that cultivates University of Texas student leaders in the fight against cancer through a 4,000-mile bike ride from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska.
Camping on the John Muir Trail in a secluded meadow overlooking the Sierra Nevada Mountains, I was joined by a woman who also had decided to call the meadow home for the night.
We shared dinner and hot chocolate, watched the alpine glow dance across the mountains and talked about our lives. I asked why she was spending a month to hike along for 211 miles. Her answer. "To take advantage of the time I have left."
She'd recently learned that her breast cancer treatments weren't working. She was choosing to take advantage of the one year of good health in front of her.
I didn't know it then, but her story was the driving force in my commitment to a 2017 Ironman® Triathlon, for her and for all the people in my life who've been affected by cancer.
I began my fight against cancer in 2013 when I rode with Texas 4000 and raised $330,000 with my teammates for cancer and support programs.
I've since been a member of Texas 4000's Grants Committee. During my second year, we decided to fund a seed grant for a promising research project at MD Anderson that lacked data to back it up. Texas 4000 was willing to take a chance, and two years later we received an astounding report. This research was on track to become a game-changer in targeted cancer treatments.
I'm registered for the Nov. 19 Ironman in Tempe, Arizona. I will swim 2.4 miles, ride 112 miles and run 26.2 miles to fight cancer. I'm raising $10,000 for MD Anderson's Moon Shots Program™ because I believe in research that pushes the envelope. The future of a world without cancer rests with researchers who are willing to take risks and try new things.
What's your Moon Shot™? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us why MD Anderson's Moon Shots Program™ is important to you.
From brownies to cookies, cakes to breads, pies to tarts, Emily Caplan of Dallas has always loved to bake. So it was no surprise when, at age 13, she dedicated her bat mitzvah project to creating a desserts cookbook and donating the proceeds to MD Anderson.
Drawing from relatives, friends and Emily's own collection, "Baked by Emily" contains 53 recipes of delectable goodies, along with color photos of each. She chose MD Anderson as the beneficiary in honor of her late grandmother, Genie Weitzman, who was a sarcoma patient at MD Anderson for nine years before succumbing to the disease in 2009. Emily's grandfather, Herb Weitzman, also of Dallas, has been a member of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors since 2007.
"This book is in my grandmother's honor," says Emily. "MD Anderson was so good to her that I wanted to give back through the sale of my cookbooks."
Emily and her mom, Michelle, first ordered 100 books, unsure of what to expect. Through word of mouth and Facebook, sales jumped to more than 350 books, surpassing Emily's original goal of $1,500, or 50 books.
Michelle says the family is grateful to MD Anderson.
"Through new trials, new research and new drugs, we think MD Anderson elongated my mother's life," she says.
Emily says the best feeling was adding all of the checks for her $30 cookbook, and making a $10,000 donation to MD Anderson toward cancer research.