What is C.A.R.E. Week?
C.A.R.E. (Cancer Awareness - A Real Effort) Week
Every Spring, Kappa Phi Gamma around the nation plans Cancer Awareness: a Real Effort! (C.A.R.E.) Week, a week long series of events dedicated to raising funds for a cancer organization and to bring awareness to the community about the truths of cancer. To date, Kappa Phi Gamma has raised $98,000+ and has donated their services to over 40 different charities. C.A.R.E. Week has been recognized by the Asian Cup Award for being the only organization of its kind to commit a week of events towards cancer awareness, while incorporating educational and entertaining activities in order to educate the public about early detection and prevention of cancer.
Events held during C.A.R.E. Week include, but are not limited to: Kick-Off Rally, Candlelight Vigil, cancer workshops/forums, Mr. C.A.R.E. Week Pageant, sports tournaments, bake sales, and movie viewings.
All proceeds raised during C.A.R.E. Week are donated to an array of organizations that are committed to cancer awareness, including, but not limited to, the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation, Bite Me Cancer, the Scott and White Center for Cancer Prevention and Care-Hope Fund, Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
For the 2016 C.A.R.E. Week, our chapters/colonies raised $6,774.40 for Bringing Hope Home, a non-profit organization that provides unexpected amazingness to local families through financial and emotional support. Bringing Hope Home directly pays household bills to ensure families are able to stay in their homes, with a secure roof over their heads, utilities on, phones working, and food on the table while they are dealing with cancer. Since their inception in 2008, they have supported over 2,700 local families with over $3.3 million dollars in assistance.
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2018 Charity: PINK DOOR
We are excited to announce that we will be partnering with Pink Door in Houston, TX, for our 2017 C.A.R.E. Week efforts. This wonderful organizations mission is to help women to “afford” to recover from cancer by giving them a new beginning after cancer through aiding them with financial support for their every day bills. They stand for providing ways for women cancer survivors to “open a door to a whole new life.”
While medical bills accumulate for cancer patients, the expenses of everyday life can compound the financial burdens on these women and their families and distract them from the business of healing.
Pink Door exists to relieve this stress. Pink Door serves a critical need, as there are few organizations that offer financial support to subsidize basic living expenses for women undergoing cancer treatment such as phone and utility bills, rent, mortgage, car payments and medical deductibles through our signature program, the Gayl Legacy Assistance Fund Program. With the growing demand from the Greater Houston community for cancer resources, Pink Door plans to implement community grants to local and like-minded organizations that provide cancer-related services women with cancer, provided free of charge.