The holidays are upon us and so is the desire to give. We make lists of friends and family members for whom we want to buy gifts and we’re careful to choose the right gift for that special person. But there is another type of present. A gift that can not only bring joy, but also brings a sense of personal well-being and the potential to save a life.
While people are shopping at malls, others are donating to local and national charities. During this giving season, nonprofits and charities receive between 24-50 percent of their annual donations between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
So during this time of giving, we’d like you to consider donating to the Louisiana Cancer Prevention & Control Programs. We focus on cancers which can be prevented or cured early, specifically breast, cervical, colorectal and lung. Instead of buying someone a $20 gift they don’t really need, consider giving that money to the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program, so we can make sure a woman has transportation for her follow-up appointments after being diagnosed with breast cancer. A $130 donation covers the cost of a mammogram so we can stop a treatable cancer before it takes a woman’s life. Another one of our programs, SurviveDat, uses these donations to help fund online support and resources for young breast cancer survivors throughout Louisiana. And donations to LCP overall help fund efforts to combat all the cancers we work on.
This holiday season, instead of metal tin of flavored popcorn that no one eats or a gift card to that chain restaurant that always has a 30- minute wait, think about giving a chance to someone who needs it. Give the gift of life this holiday season and donate today at louisianacancer.org/donate.
Will Monson received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Graphic Design. He currently serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Louisiana Cancer Prevention & Controls Programs.