Brian Hill, OCF Founder/Executive Director and Stage IV Oral Cancer Survivor
I hope the Oral Cancer Foundation can count on your help in December this year to fund our continued activities in 2024. Even as lean an organization as we run, with only 17.5% of each dollar going to fundraising or operational overhead and the rest being applied to our cause-related missions in 2023, there is never enough funding to address all the opportunities we know need attention. The years of a pandemic have crippled many small nonprofits and OCF, while still offering services that help patients navigate treatments and find clinical trials when things do not go as planned, needs as much help as your generosity can muster. This year, we have had a couple of walk-run fundraising events that help raise funds, but not like pre pre-pandemic and CDC shutdown of all of them. They are a large, primary source of donations and revenue, as we, unlike others, do not seek large support from the pharma industry. The net of that is some programs have had to be cut back, and important ones like our Free Vitamix to those that qualify for one have a waiting list now, which it has never had pending funding for purchases.
Historically, OCF’s financial support predominantly comes from those we have served, individuals who understand the chilling touch of this disease personally or on a family member’s life, and from those who work with us in the medical and dental communities who have first-hand knowledge of what OCF accomplishes. The truth is that we are just the vehicle to manifest their desire to better the oral cancer problem and bring this cancer down from its high ranking as a killer. Our ability to do so is directly tied to their support, both financially and as volunteers. This benevolence of thousands of private individuals makes each year’s activities and progress possible.
I hope that this year, we can count on your support and financial partnership to bring tangible, positive change to the world of oral cancer. It has not gone away or diminished because of the pandemic. It is as large and terrible a disease presence as it has ever been, and the suffering that it causes has not ceased because of the COVID-19 virus. Only together, when thousands of individual voices unite into a single chorus and a unified course of action, does progress occur.
This ask for your support is followed by a long piece on why OCF is different than others and deserving of your support. If you already know us and our work and understand that, please donate to the block below if you have better ways to spend your time.