Getting a cancer diagnosis is devastating. Dealing with the new life one has to face thereafter is equally traumatic. Making appointments, going through chemotherapy, telling loved ones – there is so much to encounter, and it all comes at once. When one is the main caretaker for a family member dealing with cancer, or having to face it themselves, it seems like a very dark non-ending tunnel.
But thankfully, a lot has changed over the years and there really is hope. There is support. There is better (and less traumatic) treatment. There are also many organizations throughout the nation that have been there for thousands of people facing this same issue.
James Donovan, Goldman Sachs has unfortunately seen loved ones (a good friend and a brother) fight the battle against cancer. Through the years that Donovan was there for these people, he found tremendous support via the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute. Established in 1947 by Sydney Faber, today this foundation has expanded to be able to support 450,000 people each year. As well as getting backing from both the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dana-Faber still needs more. As such, it seeks out donations from individuals and other related-foundations to supplement its research and clinic funds.
James Donovan found this Institute to be a great place to start for those who want to “do something” in the battle against cancer. As a member of the Board of Trustees now, he advocates for backing this foundation as a first step.
Cancer does not have to be the end of the line. There is a way forward. There are many cancer survivors who have benefited greatly from the support of the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute and other such foundations over the years.