NSP: Why Fundraising is Especially Important During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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While fundraising for the American Cancer Society (ACS) is always important, the need to fundraise and donate has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. While many people all over Pennsylvania and the world have been hit hard by the pandemic, cancer patients and survivors are amongst the most affected. Many cancer patients undergo treatments like chemotherapy and stem cell transplants that can weaken their immune system; this means that they have a harder time fighting diseases than the average person. This weakened immune system leaves many cancer patients at a much higher risk of serious illness due to COVID-19. On top of this, medical care such as tests and treatments have often been delayed due to factors such as high COVID-19 case numbers within the area. Some cancer patients have even chosen to receive their medications through pills instead of the usual infusions that they would receive. 

Now, you may be wondering how a fundraiser for the ACS may help. The answer is simple; the ACS uses money from your donations to fund research, support patients, help those that do not have access to treatment, and works to make sure that cancers are able to be detected at their earliest (and most treatable) stages. So, a donation to the ACS can help fund the research necessary to move cancer medications and treatments away from infusions, guide someone through the increasingly challenging treatment process that COVID-19 has created, and more. During Miracle Month, we encourage you to organize a fundraiser and do your part to help the American Cancer Society during these difficult times. Thank you for your dedication to TSA, and feel free to email any questions to treasurer [at] patsa.org.