United Cancer Survivors of America, Inc. Thanks University of Alabama

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Two very unique programs have now merged thanks to the University of Alabama’s PR Department. These two programs not only award college scholarships but also a matching monetary gift to the cancer surviving parent of the scholarship winner.

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Patricia Lee, Founder-President of United Cancer Survivors of America, Inc. is thankful to the University of Alabama’s Public Relations department for helping her bring together two of her programs, Students Of Survivors and Athletes Kickin’ Cancer which she started 7 years ago. The PR department at the University took on the two programs as their 2012 Fall semester project, under the direction of Dr. Kenon Brown. The PR students found a way to bring the two programs together under one umbrella thus creating United Cancer Survivors of America which has since then been created as a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit. The PR department is moving forward to help promote the newly created nonprofit as their current semester project, as well. Ms. Lee said, “We are so grateful and blessed to have the University PR department take our organization on as a project for two semesters, in a row. This opportunity truly gives us the public awareness and boost we need. God continues to open doors for us and move us forward.” The programs offer college scholarships and a matching financial reward to the cancer surviving parent of the scholarship winner. Students are nominated by their high school athletic coach or senior high school teacher. Once a year they also plan to hold a fund raiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

United Cancer Survivors of America, Inc. (http://www.unitedcancersurvivorsofamerica.org) is open to all 50 United States. It is the nonprofit’s goal to offer two scholarships per state every year. What makes them so unique is that they also give a matching monetary award to the cancer surviving parent of the S.O.S. (Students Of Survivors) scholarship winner. There is no other program in existence that does the same. When asked what prompted her to start S.O.S. the founder, Patricia Lee, said, “After having the Athletes Kickin’ Cancer program for a few years, I heard a lot of parents talk about no longer having college savings due to being out of pocket for cancer treatments, medicines, etc.. Even if you do have insurance treatment can still be very costly out of pocket (expensive medicines or traveling out of state for treatment which insurance does not cover). Survivors need help. There are many companies out there who offer scholarships for students who have had a parent to pass away from cancer which of course, is wonderful but there is almost nothing out there to help the children of the survivors with their existing enormous financial burdens. I saw and have experienced the need myself so am trying to help.”

Ms. Lee is a 53 year old three time cancer survivor herself of three different cancers. She is a single parent of two children; a daughter, Alex Avram (24) PR Grad from the University of Alabama and son, Rob Avram (18) of the rock alternative/Christian band, EveryDay But Friday. She is also the 2005 American Cancer Society Life Inspiration Award winner for the state of Alabama. One of her stories of healing is in the third chapter of the book, Behind The Scenes of Breast Cancer written by Brenda Ladun, head news anchor of Birmingham’s local ABC affiliate (ABC/3340).

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