This year, there will be an estimated 27,500 new stomach cancer cases in the United States and statistically, there will be over 11,000 deaths from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Though the number of new diagnoses has dropped 1.5% every year over the past decade, there is still a huge amount of people affected by the disease every year. These figures are not at all easy to write or publicize, but doing so is necessary in order for attention to be drawn toward the work that is still needed to be done to bring a cure.
The disease is the fifth most common world wide and yet receives less than a quarter of one percent of the research budget of the National Cancer Institute. As a result, funding is left almost entirely up to foundations and charities like Project Periwinkle to fill the gap.
But how does an organization makes the most out of its platform, its work, and its mission? For us, the answer is being completely volunteer based, which over the past 4.5 years has saved over an estimated $2.5 million on salaries and related costs. Fiscal responsibility is at the heart of what we do. Running operations does have its costs, but doing so on a lean budget is key to continued success.
Stomach cancer is an underrepresented and underfunded area of focus in awareness and research. And our model allows us to go further in fighting back against the disease and making a difference in a way that touches the idea nonprofit work at its core: making a difference and positive impact the world without self interest. We have an opportunity to shape the world around us for the better.
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