FCAF - Who We Are & What We Have Planned
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Why is FCAF undertaking #Delhi2013?
In order to pilot the idea of international volunteer programs for cancer survivors, the Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation is partnering with Cross-Cultural Solutions to take 12 cancer survivors, a researcher, and a filmmaker to New Delhi, India in February 2013. During this two-week program, each survivor will have the opportunity to volunteer with community projects, meet local cancer patients and survivors, participate in cultural exchange activities, and even see the Taj Mahal.
Both film and research methods will be used to capture the experiences of these 12 survivors with the purposes of further shaping the program as well as sharing their stories to generate awareness about survivorship and global cancer.
Each participant is fundraising to cover their in-country costs, but the Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation is raising funds to cover the costs of flights, film production, and a trip to the Taj Mahal for each participant. Click HERE to see a breakdown of the budget and click HERE to donate.
Why is this program innovative?
An international volunteer trips, like #Delhi2013, is innovative because it is expected to provide survivors with the following emotional and physical benefits:
What outcomes does FCAF expect to achieve?
Why FCAF believes it will achieve those outcomes?
A significant number of studies demonstrate that volunteering is a proven method of increasing personal satisfaction and happiness as well as overcoming symptoms of recovering from a serious illness.
Data pulled from the American’s Changing Lives data set correlate volunteering as a medium to pull one out of depression (Piliavin and Siegl, 2007). We believe that volunteering will help survivors’ transition out of feelings of isolation and depression into feeling a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives again. Piliavin and Siegl clearly delineate that volunteering is not just any form of social activity. It is a new role where the survivor takes on a nurturing and selfless role. By allowing survivors to learn to live with possible cancer reoccurrence (Sherman, Rosedale, and Haber, 2012), this cathartic experience of helping another allows survivors to grow and come to terms with repressed memories of feeling helpless.
We already know this idea resonates with survivors. With only a limited window of time and mostly word-of-mouth marketing, 60+ survivors expressed interest in participating in #Delhi2013 and over 25 people applied for one of the 12 spots. These survivors range in age from 23-60 and have experienced a broad range of cancers.
Why is FCAF worthy of financial support?
By donating to Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation, you will be part of helping create a new paradigm in survivorship. With plans to develop multi-faceted trips (including international volunteering, cultural exchange, and bucket-list worthy activities) reaching to the four corners of the world, your support will help survivors became invested global citizens as well as make their bucket list dreams come true.
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Piliavin, J. A., & Siegl, E. (2007). Health Benefits of Volunteering in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study.. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 48(4), 450-464.
Richardson, A., Hall, A., & Amir, Z. (2011). Knowledge, ignorance and priorities for research in key areas of cancer survivorship: findings from a scoping review. British Journal of Cancer, 105, 425.
Witt, D., Rosedale, M., & Haber, J. (2012). Reclaiming Life on One's Own Terms: A Grounded Theory Study of the Process of Breast Cancer Survivorship. Oncology Nursing Foum, 39, e258-e268.