7 Birmingham nonprofits that are fighting for a cure for cancer

These organizations are helping keep families together for a long, long time. Photo via Forge BCSC on Facebook

Everyone knows someone who’s suffered from one type of cancer or another. It’s one cause that’s personal for a whole bunch of us—including these Birmingham nonprofits. They’re fighting the fight right here in Alabama, and you can be a part of it.

1. Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama

Photo via BCRF Alabama on Facebook

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama raises funding for life-saving breast cancer research at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB and their collaborative partners.

“This funding we provide to our partners allows researchers to successfully compete and receive sought-after and sustaining grant dollars, recruit and retain world-class breast cancer researchers, and seize every opportunity for groundbreaking discovery.”

2. Mike Slive Foundation

Photo via Mike Slive Foundation on Facebook

The legacy of Mike Slive’s life and work has given the Foundation national opportunities to raise awareness of prostate cancer through intercollegiate athletics. New initiatives continue to grow the cause beyond Alabama.

“Our mission is to save lives by raising awareness of prostate cancer and by funding cutting-edge research.

Our vision is to fund research which eradicates prostate cancer as a major public health threat in our lifetime.”

3. Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation

Photo via NLOCF on Facebook

The mission of the NLOCF is to raise funds for ovarian cancer research through various events and opportunities and to increase awareness about the risks, symptoms and treatments of this disease. 

They also donate care packages to women undergoing chemotherapy and serve as an information service for individuals who are seeking information regarding ovarian cancer, its signs and symptoms.

“Our hope is that Norma Livingston’s death will make a difference in other women’s lives.”

4. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Photo via Light the Night – Birmingham on Facebook

Light the Night is a series of fundraising campaigns benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) funding of research to find blood cancer cures.

Each year friends, families and coworkers form teams to raise money in support of this mission. Fall 2020 will look different with The LLS hosting their 2020 Light The Night as a virtual event on October 15.

“We bring light the darkness of cancer by working to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.

We bring communities together to celebrate those who are fighting the disease and to honor those we have lost.”

5. Forge Survivorship Center

Photo via Forge BCSC on Facebook

Breast cancer survivors can face challenges as a result of their diagnosis and treatment. Forge has a mission to help survivors face them.

It’s a unique partnership between The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Brookwood Baptist Health, Grandview Medical Center, St. Vincent’s Health System and UAB Medicine.

“Whether you are a survivor, co-survivor, or volunteer, Forge is here to help and provide supportive services from day of diagnosis through balance of life.”

6. Hope for Autumn Foundation

Photo via Hope for Autumn Foundation on Facebook

Hope for Autumn was founded to assist families battling childhood cancer. They support innovative research in childhood cancer therapies and increase community awareness of childhood cancer and cutting-edge treatment options.

“Hope for Autumn Foundation’s vision is to become a leader in providing hope, assistance, and options to area families battling childhood cancer.”

7. Laura Crandall Brown Foundation

Photo via LCB Foundation on Facebook

In 2009, Laura Crandall Brown passed away at the age of 25 from ovarian cancer.  Laura constantly expressed her desire to be able to help others who might face her same battle.

Her loving and courageous spirit inspired her friends and family to create the Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation to honor her life, memory and vision of helping others.

“Today, the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation works to fulfill this threefold mission: offering hope through early detection research of ovarian cancer, empowering communities through gynecologic cancer awareness, and enriching lives through support.”

Do you know of more Birmingham nonprofits in need of support? Be sure to send them this form so we can help get the word out.


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