Birmingham startup app Fighting Cancer Network receives $500K in seed funding

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Fighting Cancer Network is a Birmingham-based startup app. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Fighting Cancer Network, a Birmingham-based startup app that helps provide valuable information + resources to cancer patients, has successfully raised $500K in funding through local and nationwide supporters. Read on to learn more about this life-changing app.

Saving lives

So, how does this life-changing app work? Fighting Cancer Network uses video to provide practical advice to cancer patients and caregivers.

“Research shows that visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text, which means the human brain can learn and retain much more using video. Each video on the app will last an average of six minutes which is scientifically proven to be the ‘sweet spot’ in holding attention and maximizing retention.” 

Matt Scalici, CEO and Co-Founder, Fighting Cancer Network

Co-Founders of Fighting Cancer Network, Matt Scalici, a Birmingham entrepreneur and member of the Alabama executive team that founded The Golf Channel, and Mike Ousley, a veteran in television production and owner of Mike Ousley Productions, believe that the app will be a “cancer companion” that patients and physicians turn to after a diagnosis.

“This puts empowering knowledge in the hands of cancer patients. It’s the important missing element from the cancer experience that can help so much with the anxiety that we feel after a diagnosis.”

Matt Scalici, CEO and Co-Founder, Fighting Cancer Network

Tailoring to your needs

Did you know that one in every two men and one in every three women develop cancer sometime in their life? This makes cancer the second leading cause of death in the U.S. After a patient is diagnosed with cancer, there are a lot of questions that Fighting Cancer Network can help answer.

Videos on the Fighting Cancer Network app are tailored to the precise needs of the patient, including:

  • Assistance in understanding the cancer-affected parts of their bodies
  • Recommended treatments + effects of those treatments
  • Testimonials
  • And tips for caregivers

Fighting Cancer Network provides this knowledge to help patients feel empowered and improve physician relationships for better patient outcomes.

A working model of the app will launch in early 2023 with content limited to breast and prostate cancer. Funding is now underway to develop the full-scale version of the app, which will include content for the seven most prevalent cancer categories. The free app will be available on both iOS and Android smartphones, tablets and even televisions once it has launched.

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Gabby Gervais
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