Please help raise funds in honor of my dad for #LCAM!
Apparently, giving levels are supposed to really help when doing fundraisers, so I made a few below if you're interested!
- Reposting infographics on social media and/or putting the link in your bio: I will like your post, give you a shoutout on my story and upload your post onto this blog post so everybody can see how awesome you are!
- Donating at least $1 and DM-ing me proof: Shoutout on my story, and your name added to list of donators!
- Recreating makeup look; wearing the makeup look to school and filming, taking pictures or, and/or talking about responses; bringing awareness to lung cancer in a particularly creative way; donating an amount above $50; or talking about your experiences with lung cancer: I will follow you, post your awareness post onto my Instagram and across my social media, and upload you to this blog post under the headline "Featured!"
Thank you so much for making Lung Cancer Awareness month and my 18th birthday so special! You rock!!
Six years ago, my dad came down with a cold. It wouldn't go away for months, and after he had fried his wallet buying every single cough drop out there, he finally went to a doctor. He told us how she felt his back with a stethoscope and immediately looked at my dad in horror, saying "Steve, you need to get to a hospital right now." He was diagnosed with lung cancer. I was 11, and I'll always remember how when I went to the family laptop, every single time I tried to Google something, two search results would always pop up: "stage 3 lung cancer" and "stage 4 lung cancer." I never clicked on either of them. That's a choice that will haunt me for the rest of my life.
Because if I had clicked on those links, I would have discovered that lung cancer is one of the most fatal cancers out there, because lungs are obviously critical to body functions -- so when cancer cells manifest, significant problems arise. Additionally, lungs have a rich blood supply which drastically increases the risk of cancer metastasizing (aka spreading throughout the body), making it difficult, sometimes impossible, to eradicate completely. According to the American Cancer Society, it is the leading cancer of cancer deaths, with 25% of cancer deaths from lung cancer alone, and each year, more people die from lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancer...combined. It's also one of the prevalent cancers out there, with about 14% of all new cancer diagnosed being lung cancer.
And yet on a per-death basis lung cancer receives the least funding from the National Cancer Institute amongst major cancers. In 2006, they spent $1,518 for each new case of lung cancer and $1,630 for each lung cancer death, according to data from the institute and the American Cancer Society.
In comparison, breast cancer receives $2,596 for each new case and $13,452 for each breast cancer death.
Other estimates say that lung cancer only receives 7% of the funding breast cancer receives, in comparison.
I don't expect you all to help me eliminate lung cancer. I mean, that would be really cool if we could, but realistically? No.
I just think it's obvious that there is a problem here. There needs to be more funding towards lung cancer research for such a common and fatal cancer, and, in my case, there needs to be more awareness about the symptoms of lung cancer. If caught at a very early stage, you can treat lung cancer with surgery and even cure it.
Maybe if we had known about the symptoms of lung cancer, maybe if we had known the facts that you don't necessarily need a family history of lung cancer, you don't need to smoke, you don't need all these stereotypes that we have about lung cancer, maybe if there was more funding for research specifically dedicated to lung cancer, maybe my dad would be alive today. But he's not.
So for my birthday and for Lung Cancer Awareness Month, I decided to set up a fundraiser page to at least attempt to rectify the lack of funds specifically dedicated to lung cancer and tribute my dad Steven Kang. I know I haven't been the best daughter in the entire world, and it's kind of telling that it took, like, six years to start something like this and actually educate myself on lung cancer, but I'm trying to change that and I'm trying to do him good, especially on the birthday I legally become an adult. It would mean the entire world to me if you could just take a few seconds out of your day and just donate at least $1. If every single one of my followers on Instagram donated $1, I would have exceeded my fundraising goal by $6,000!!
Please, even if you're not in a situation to be able to afford to donate, you can still help so so much!! You can share this blog post and my posts about lung cancer on Instagram with your friends. I made an infographic you can repost on your account and also reposted much better and prettier infographics from the Lung Cancer Alliance on the post right after and a cute and charitable makeup look you can recreate or take inspiration from and post as your main dominant image on all your social media accounts. You can also put the link to the fundraiser in your bios and encourage people to click on them and contribute.
If you tag me, I will look at and like your posts and shout you out on my story and retweet you on Twitter and do all I can to support you and incentivize people to spread the word. I would be ecstatic if this fundraiser actually worked and anything you guys want from me or anything you need from me to do what you can to spread the word, I can and will do!!
Anyways, thank you so much for reading this to the end! I love you.
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