This letter is to inform the public what I have found out about the "Cancer Association" and "Relay for Life." Only 14 percent of the money collected is going toward research.
There are so many other allocations of funds with a lot higher percentages than research: prevention, 20 percent; patient support, 20 percent; detection/treatment, 16 percent; management/general, 8 percent; fund-raising, 22 percent.
The chief executive officer referred me to someone else. He wasn't too happy about why I wanted the figures. I believe many people assume much of their donations are going to research; well, it isn't.
I will not donate to Relay for Life or the Cancer Association until they raise the percentage for research.
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