Find the Cure for Bile Duct Cancer

$14,735 of $14,000 goal

Raised by 215 people in 22 months
Hello! I have decided to take part in a fundraising effort in the name of my dad, Ken Hand. As you may already know, my dad was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in April of 2016 and sadly passed away after a courageous battle on January 26th, 2018. Since bile duct cancer is a very rare cancer, it does not receive as much funds to supplement extensive research when compared to more prevalent cancers such as breast cancer. Therefore, in an effort to raise money for research and to increase awareness for this type of cancer, I created this GoFundMe page in memory of my dad, with all donations going to The Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) Foundation in Herriman, UT. Even though it would not be much, it would be a big step in the right direction! But if not for my dad, please consider donating in memory of revered NHL announcer and Glens Falls native Dave Strader, who sadly passed away from this type of cancer on October 1st, 2017. This an open donation, so you can decide what amount you wish to donate. Thank you all very much for your time and generosity, I really appreciate everything you have done and will do for me, my dad and my family, and most importantly, for cancer research!

With a mission is to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those like my dad and Dave Strader who is and was affected by bile duct cancer, I hope you consider donating to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation in an effort to combat this rare form of the disease. Founded in 2006, in Salt Lake City, Utah by a family member who lost a loved one to bile duct cancer, The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation has grown to become a leading United States (and increasingly international) resource in research, education, and public awareness of this cancer. Every contribution, regardless of size, makes a difference and is an investment in education, research, and advocacy to find a cure. Thank you all again so much for your kindness and efforts!
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I just wanted to say thank you again so much for those who have donated, and to those who are so generous that you donated twice! I started out with a goal of 500 dollars back in October, but now we have surpassed 12,000 dollars - which is insane! I am incredibly honored that all of this money is going in the name of my dad to a foundation that is in need of the funds. With only around 2,500 new cases of Bile Duct Cancer emerging each year, it does not receive the recognition or the funds to supplement sufficient research when compared to other cancers such as Breast Cancer. However, with people like you, we are truly making a difference in the name of Bile Duct Cancer research. With our donations and advocacy, we can hopefully inspire a breakthrough that will save many, if not all, lives of those afflicted with this disease. Basically, for a lack of better words, we may just be the best thing to ever happen to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation!!! Thank you again so much for everything, my appreciation and love for you reaches the heavens and beyond
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In only 24 hours, I was able to raise almost triple the amount I initially had in mind when I began this fundraiser for bile duct cancer research. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has donated to this cause, I am once again blown away by the compassion and selflessness displayed by family, friends and strangers alike! In lieu of all the craziness we constantly experience in this world, it is amazing to see people band together to combat something so devastatingly present in our lives. I have so much love for all of you, and let's keep this going!
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I am in complete awe and inspired by the kindness, generosity and willingness to give demonstrated by many of you. I did not think I would be posting an update within hours of launching this fundraiser, but I have met my initial goal in 3 hours! Thank you so much for your overwhelming support and love, I really appreciate it in every way possible. In the name of cancer research and my dad, I will continue to raise the goal until I donate the total amount to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation at the end of next week! :)
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$14,735 of $14,000 goal

Raised by 215 people in 22 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation
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