3 Simple Ways to Fundraise for Cancer Research

This post is sponsored by American Cancer Society; however all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Cancer is something that has touched both Derek's and my family personally throughout our lifetimes. Both of my grandmothers have had skin cancer to varying degrees, Derek's dad has also had skin cancer at one point, and a very close family friend of ours was recently diagnosed with incurable cancer, that will take their life in the next few years. It's a sad reality that if you don't have cancer personally, you likely know someone who does, or has had it at some point.

Fundraising is an important part of cancer research. The more fundraising that is done, more studies and research are able to be conducted, and the closer we get to potentially finding cures one day. Peer-to-peer funding is a vital piece to this lifesaving research, and with the American Cancer Society's Raise Your Way fundraising platform, you can join the fight and turn anything your passionate about into a fundraising opportunity. All donations received via the Raise Your Way platform go specifically to cancer research and vital programs and services that are currently helping caregivers and patients.

Run A Race:
Running is obviously something that I'm very passionate about if you know me at all. You could host your own running event and have proceeds go to the American Cancer Society, or sign up for an already established race and people can donate money for the amount of miles you run in training and during the race, or they can do one lump some donation.

Host a Neighborhood Bake Sale: 
You could host a bake sale in your neighborhood or town, and have all the proceeds go to cancer research, and support for cancer patients and their families. Bake sales are fun and easy, and people love donating to a good cause. If you're passionate about baking, you could even do weekly orders and have the fundraising be something that happens on a continual basis and not just a one day event.

Host a Raffle:
Have some items laying around your house that you never use, but are worth quite a bit of money? Like that treadmill or road bike you haven't touched in years? Or that sewing machine collecting dust in your basement? Get a bunch of friends and neighbors together and raffle off some unused items. All the proceeds can go to the American Cancer Society and the many programs and opportunities they fund. You can feel good about your items finally being used, while also benefiting cancer research, and the patients and families effected by cancer at the same time!

There are many ways to raise money, you simply have to figure out what works best for you!

To fundraise your own way simply:
1) Go to www.crowdrise.com/americancancersociety
2) Follow the prompts to start a fundraiser
3) Choose where you'd like your donations to go
4) Create a Crowdrise account with Facebook, or manually through form entry
5) Continue prompts to name your fundraiser and set your goal
6) Be sure to share your fundraise on social!

What fun and creative ideas do you have for cancer fundraising? I'd love to hear them in the comments below!

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