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Written by Addie Rising    on November 5, 2017    in
The need in our community is real ... poverty, homelessness, hunger, lack of opportunity, lack of resources, illness, disabilities and addiction. The good news is our local nonprofits work every day to help. Learn more about our community's struggles and how you can do your part to make Charlotte stronger. Know Charlotte.

When you think of No. 1 and Charlotte, you might think of Cam Newton. Or NASCAR. Or anything, but what we're about to say. 

Did you know that cancer is the No. 1 leading cause of death in Mecklenburg County? (Mecklenburg County Health Report, 2016)

#52tuesdays: Ace & TJ Grin Kids

Written by Addie Rising    on October 10, 2017    in
Charlotte morning radio hosts Ace & TJ provide entertainment each morning to multitudes of listeners. But once a year, they shift their focus and put smiles on the faces of terminally ill or chronically disabled children and their families.

Since 2000, Ace & TJ's Grin Kids has taken more than 400 terminally ill or chronically disabled children and their families on an all-expense paid trip to Disney World. An experience that otherwise could not have happened for these deserving families.

Each year the organization charters an airplane fly Grin Kids and families to Orlando so everyone can travel together.

Go Jen Go Assists With Financial Strain Caused by Breast Cancer

Written by Addie Rising    on September 28, 2017    in
When you get a diagnosis, like breast cancer, all your effort and energy should go into getting well. But doctor’s appointments and treatment time can create added expenses and compromise employment and income and can make paying bills difficult, if not impossible. 

Edwina Pierce was diagnosed with breast cancer once in 2014 and for a second time in 2016. 

#52tuesdays: Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation

Written by Addie Rising    on September 26, 2017    in
In the height of his NASCAR racing career in 1999, Jeff Gordon established the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation which supports children battling cancer by funding programs that improve patients’ quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure.

In addition, the Foundation provides support to the Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital in Concord, N.C., which serves children in the community by providing a high level of primary and specialty care, regardless of their ability to pay.

LLS Man of the Year Advocates for Patients After Decade in Remission

Written by Addie Rising    on September 25, 2017    in
“No one can prepare you for what it will take mentally to get through the cancer process,” said Scott Peterson, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Man of the Year.

Peterson was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and following rigorous testing, underwent eight rounds of Chemotherapy putting him into remission in May 2007. During his treatment he found The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s patient support program. Scott Peterson

“Being a male and being someone who was brought up to ‘suck it up’ … I thought i could get through it,” he said. “Through the process I had friends I could rely on and it’s a program that’s very important.”

Charlotte Mom Fights Disease, Now Wants a Cure for Sarcoma

Written by Addie Rising    on September 21, 2017    in

You're active. You're a mom. And then you get diagnosed with cancer. You begin treatments and yes, you lose your hair.

In October 2015, Julia McGrath was diagnosed with sarcoma, a cancer of the bone or connective tissue, such as nerves, muscles, cartilage, tendons, fat, and blood vessels.  She underwent surgery and her chemo treatments began in November 2015.

Julia McGrath“My kids didn’t want anyone to know," McGrath said. "I wore scarves and maybe people knew. Allowing people to see my hair was such a focal point. It was a moment for me to let go and end the shame of losing my hair.”

McGrath's treatments ended in February 2016.

"I got it early and I got it out through surgery,” McGrath said.

But her journey has not ended. 

From Patient to Survivor to Mentor. #CrushCancerCLT

Written by Addie Rising    on September 13, 2017    in
On April 10, 2010, at 15 years old, Will Brown was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare childhood form of bone cancer. “Treatment was really rough at some points,” Will said. “I would stay at Levine (LCH) for 2-6 days at a time depending on the specific treatment that week. I would be hooked up to the IV machine being pumped with different types of medicine. It was extremely hard to be mobile and move around so I ended up laying in the bed for most of the day. I would also become very sick due to the treatment. A common cold would put me down for about a week at a time.” 

#52tuesdays: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Written by Addie Rising    on September 5, 2017    in
Pancreatic cancer is the world's toughest cancer with a five-year survival rate of just 9 percent in the United States. It is also the third leading cause of cancer deaths.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is dedicated to fighting the world's toughest cancer by attacking pancreatic cancer on all fronts: research, clinical initiatives, patient services and advocacy. 

PanCAN's Charlotte Affiliate is comprised of volunteers who are working hard to bring awareness to the Charlotte area and raise funds to support local initiatives.

Last year, PanCAN’s Charlotte Affiliate participated in #GivingTuesdayCLT.

Charlotte's Cancer Nonprofits

Written by Addie Rising    on September 5, 2017    in
This year the American Cancer Society predicts that 56,900 people in North Carolina will be diagnosed with cancer. Locally there are many organizations providing care, funding, research, relief and are working toward a cure for many different kinds of cancers. If you are looking to help someone on a journey, here organizations working right here in Charlotte that you can support today.

24 Foundation
24 Foundation is committed to its mission; to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer.

SHARE Charlotte Spotlight Series

Written by Addie Rising    on February 28, 2017    in
Each month, SHARE Charlotte is committed to showing how our city is connected through its nonprofit organizations. We will explore themes and issues that are important to us all and highlight how Charlotte's nonprofits are working toward building a better city. At the end of the day, they need our help. We hope you'll find an organization, a cause or a way to give back that is meaningful to you.
Homelessness in Charlotte


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