Last Year, Atheists Raised $430,000 for Cancer Research; Let’s Do Even Better This Year

Last year, more than 150 groups and 20 national partners came together with the Foundation Beyond Belief to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through their Light the Night walk.

We ended up raising a staggering $430,000 for the cause — the most money ever raised by a non-corporate group in its first year with LLS and the fourth most raised by a team last year overall.

Simply incredible.

This year, we plan to go even bigger. We want to raise at least $500,000 and our Honored Hero this year will be Greta Christina, who successfully beat endometrial cancer last year.

You can create or sign up for a team already — the details are here. (I created one for Chicago!) If you can’t make it to a walk, there’s a virtual team right here.

Be a part of this. I’m excited and the event isn’t for several months out.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • advancedatheist

    Sorry, the marginal value of additional money spent on cancer research is basically zero. Don’t waste your money on this feel-good woo. And I invoke impeccable skeptical authority on this:

    By contract, we’d get much better value for our money by figuring out how to keep Americans from stuffing their faces and becoming increasingly obese.

  • A3Kr0n

    $430K pays for what, 1 CEO’s yearly salary? I hate donating money to charities. I’ve been burned too many times by those assholes.

  • Mairianna

    As a fellow atheist who works in the trenches of cancer clinical trials, I applaud this goal. Yes, we do not have the ultimate cure, yet, but I have seen small advances and each trial gets us a little closer to the answer. I’ve watched friends and family and countless numbers of patients die from cancers. I don’t support throwing our hands in the air and blaming it on obesity and smoking or overpaid CEOs. You can count on me to join the FBB on the Light the Night Walk. Thanks, Hemant.

  • Mairianna

    As a fellow atheist who works in the trench of cancer clinical trials, I applaud this show of support by FBB. I am not a fan of the idea of throwing up our hands and blaming it on obesity, smoking or overpaid CEOs. I’ve seen too many people (including friends and family) die from cancer. Until there is a cure, there must be care.

  • Supermoves3000

    It’s nice that some charities aren’t too good to accept money from atheists.

    How do you like them apples, American Cancer Society?

  • viddy_well

    78% of the donations go toward program services.