The Villager Newspaper Praises CLC Efforts

 In Events, funding cancer research, Membership

In the current issue of The Villager, “The Little Newspaper with the Big Influence,” is an article praising the Cancer League of Colorado for its all-volunteer membership raising millions that stays right here in Colorado, to help defeat cancer.

“Cancer League of Colorado deserves our salute of thanks because in our present day world of “me-me-me,” Cancer League is a truly unique organization. It is unique because they are an all-volunteer fundraising group – no paid staff or offices, writes Mort Marks.

“Since 1965 when Cancer League was first started by a handful of women, these volunteers, with no paid staff or offices, have grown to 400 in numbers and have successfully raised and donated millions of dollars to support cancer research programs in Colorado.

“Since this all-volunteer organization has no overhead expense, all of its fundraising money stays right here in Colorado and is divided as follows.

“Approximately 85 percent of the funds raised are used to support early stage cancer research. This money is provided as grants for projects that are selected by their Funds Allocation Committee made up of a group of Colorado’s medical specialists who represent a variety of cancer research organizations.

“They have supported many institutions, including such organizations as the University of Colorado Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital, AMC Cancer Fund, Porter Care Hospital, National Jewish Health, St. Mary’s Hospital and the Medical Center in Grand Junction.

“Each dollar donated to research through Cancer League has generated about 20 times that in additional funding, and such funding of research has been successful in leading to groundbreaking discoveries, particularly in the field of genetic research.

“The remaining 15 percent of their funds raised is used to help fund service organizations throughout Colorado that provide support directly to Colorado cancer patients and their families.

“In this regard, Cancer League was a founding supporter of both the Ronald McDonald House and Brent’s Place, while also providing service grants to hospices throughout the Front Range.

“This year Cancer League hopes to raise a record amount of money at their May 4 Hope Ball to be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center – emceed by Kim Christiansen of 9News – and dedicated to recently deceased Linda Goto, who was one of their dedicated volunteers.

“As has been in the case in the past, Cancer League will have many items available in their silent auction section that have been donated by generous, caring and giving local organizations.

“BUT – can you imagine that in their live auction, Eva Makk, the world famous artist, known as the “Modern day Michelangelo” has donated one of her original oils to Cancer League.

“It is with great anticipation that this 100 percent volunteer organization is approaching their live auction with Eva Makk’s painting titled Love and Hope, which has been appraised and valued at $46,000,” Marks says. Read more.