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September 18, 2011


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Jan Hasak

I agree that you should only donate to someone you know. Scams about in this world, and I am more skeptical than ever about donations, especially those involving cancer patients. Playing the cancer card increases the odds of inducing sympathy and guilt in the potential donor.


I'm so glad you wrote about this. It was brought to my attention earlier this year and I not only wrote about it but created a GiveForward page to help a dear friend with breast cancer who was 110% there for me when I had lung cancer in 2002.

My friend had no need for meals - her church group took care of that - but what she needed was money to cover health care costs. She was unemployed at the time.

Her GiveForward campaign raised almost $10,000 within one month. It was a true blessing for not only my friend, but for all of us who were able to help her.

Why is there such a societal taboo against giving money, or admitting that we need it? Doesn't matter why - what matters is that we open our hearts in every way possible to those gut-punched by cancer. If that means opening our pocketbooks, all the better.

"There but for the grace of God go I."

Always hope,
Lori Hope

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