Funding research to cure cancer

Cancer. Everyone knows someone who has battled, survived, or been affected by it. Angela Cummins, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, knows the impact of the disease all too well.

“Cancer has affected my family and I for years. Both of my parents and my mother-in-law passed away because of cancer,” says Cummins. “And I am a cancer survivor.”

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Around one third of those deaths are due to five behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use.

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) provides federal employees and retirees the opportunity to support causes they care about—like cancer research—through one-time gifts and recurring donations. Federal employees can even pledge volunteer hours.

Each day, labs, organizations, and researchers around the world get closer to finding a cure for cancer. A cure that would save loved ones, prevent the spread of the disease, and give hope to patients everywhere.

“I will always fight for a cure for cancer! The CFC is an excellent way for me to send donations to charities that will join me in the fight against cancer,” says Cummins. “With so many organizations supported by the CFC working to find a cure, I have hope that one day we will have one.”

Funding a charity or organization through the CFC can provide immeasurable help in creating awareness, providing funding for researchers, and supporting patients and their families. By giving to this cause through the CFC, you can make a dream come true for those who have nowhere else to turn in the face of the disease.

Together we can support the advancement of general global health by finding a cure for cancer. One person alone cannot do it. It takes more than a village; it takes all of us, banding together to Show Some Love and give to those who can make a miracle happen.

Cancer research is just one of the causes supported by charities participating in the CFC. So federal employees and retirees—whether you care about veterans services, disaster relief, education, or wildlife preservation, the CFC has a charity for any cause you want to support.

Want to make help end the pain and suffering caused by cancer? Give through the CFC and Show Some Love to a cause you care about. Help people like Cummins today. Visit opm.gov/ShowSomeLoveCFC for more information and to make a pledge.

Lt Col Angela Cummins' cause is cancer.