First, we express our deepest gratitude to GO's committed supporters for helping us raise over $20,000 towards our Cancer Education Materials project since the start of this campaign in June 2015. Thank you for making this past Giving Tuesday a great success, generously giving over $7,500 towards further development of this work. Included in this sum is a contribution of $1,360 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in match dollars. We are grateful to those of you who timed your donations perfectly for the matches.
The Cancer Education Materials team continues to share our work and support healthcare groups around the world, refining our materials for particular needs. Currently, the booklets are being used and evaluated with patient populations in Haiti, Rwanda and Botswana. Thanks to your support, we can work with these groups, and others like them, to tailor artwork and content for optimal results with each population.
This fall, GO initiated conversations in Boston to start using the materials with Haitian Creole- and Spanish-speaking patients. This marks GO’s first domestic application of the Cancer Education Materials project. Funds raised on Global Giving will be used, in part, to support design and execution of studies on how the materials help local populations. The goal is to validate the materials for domestic use and then establish partnerships for widespread distribution.
Global Giving has enabled GO to pursue and develop the relationships above and many more. To complement the funds we have raised, GO has also submitted a proposal to develop the presently chemotherapy-focused materials for use in radiotherapy for cancer treatment.
As always, if you have a need for low-literacy education materials designed for patient, family and caregiver use, or you have a means of production and/or distribution, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
Best wishes for happy and healthy holidays. We look forward to sharing more news in 2017.
GO and the Cancer Education Materials Team