Tomorrow is David’s 25th birthday. There is no party. No cake. But there may be presents. Not for him, per se, but for all the people he cared about. People he didn’t know. People he will never have a chance to meet. For David’s birthday tomorrow, we are hoping that you will make a small but meaningful commitment to change the outcome for people diagnosed with cancer. For David’s birthday tomorrow, I feel certain he would want you to give the gift of hope.
One of the most impactful things you can do is to make an ongoing commitment to research. I’ve thought about this a lot, and it really doesn’t take much to really make a difference over time. Foundations we are friendly with tie a donation number to how many kids are diagnosed a day, or how many pass away. In our monthly giving program, called Strength in Numbers, we suggest some amounts to get you started with monthly giving. Those are real and meaningful numbers, but we thought we would try something different.
Most of us have lost someone we love to cancer. If you have, what would you do if you could see them again? Maybe you’d give them a hug or just tell them all the things you didn’t get a chance to say. Maybe you’d take them out for a cup of coffee, or a beer, or… a Diet Virgin Cuba Libre. (Learn the back story on that here and here.) Pick a beverage or a meal that is meaningful to you and pledge that amount monthly (or weekly if it is a bargain). Then schedule a recurring donation. You won’t have to think about it, but you’ll be making an impact every month.
David died before turning 21, so I don’t know if he would have added rum to that Cuba Libre or not, so I’m going to go with one of his favorite meals. He loved Panda Express and always got an extra entree. So that would be $8.30, in my case weekly because I think we’d probably go to lunch once a week. I’d give that in a a heartbeat if I could share it with him, so instead, I’ll give it so that some other parent might get to continue sharing a meal with their child. Every week, I will know that I’m putting us a little bit closer to saving someone. I can’t hug David anymore. I can’t buy him lunch. But I can give hope to families who so desperately need it.
For those of you who have already made a commitment, thank you so much! For those of you who think you can’t have an impact, please let me assure you that you can. Even $5/month gives us something to budget with. Pooling our resources in this fashion means that we can have a reliable source of funding for promising research when we first become aware of it, instead of having to wait for the next big fundraiser. Data from one individual is great, but it really becomes powerful when combined with others. It is our commitment to bring our Strength in Numbers folks into a more intimate conversation around Dragon Master Foundation’s work and mission. You can give us feedback on the work we are doing and you will become part of the voice of these people who frequently can’t advocate for themselves.
Start your monthly support here: https://www.dragonmasterfoundation.org/strength-in-numbers/