Keanu Reeves Runs Secret Cancer Foundation To Fund Children’s Hospitals

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Keanu Reeves Runs Secret Cancer Foundation To Fund Children’s Hospitals

Written by: Kat Gal

Cancer. No, thank you.

If only it were that easy. Cancer is more than a scary word, but a disease that affects all of us. I bet you know someone who has been diagnosed with, survived or died from cancer. Perhaps you yourself have been diagnosed with it.

According to 2016 data, 1,685,210 new cases are being diagnosed in the U.S. alone within a year and 595,690 people die from some form of cancer. There are countless forms of cancer, the most commons ones including breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, kidney and renal pelvis cancer, leukemia, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, thyroid cancer, melanoma of the skin, endometrial cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Cancer Research Is More Important Than Ever

Cancer research is extremely important as far as treatment and prevention go. It is starting to pay off though. New findings pop up every day. In 2014 the number of those living beyond their cancer diagnosis was nearly 14.5 million and is predicted to rise to 19 million by 2024.

Cancer research is expensive, however. Private donations are extremely important to support scientists in doing their jobs. Money going towards raising public awareness and education on healthy living as a form of prevention is just as crucial.

When you think about actors, you probably think about blockbusters, the Oscars, fancy dresses, big houses, exotic vacations and high salary funds. Celebrities may make a lot of money, but many use their earnings for good reasons. Some of them are just not so vocal about it.

Did you know that Keanu Reeves runs a private foundation that aids cancer research and children’s hospitals?

The Matrix star is rather humble. He decided not to attach his name to his foundation, step out of the spotlight and allow the foundation to do its job. Cancer is a personal issue to Reeves since his sister was diagnosed with leukemia in the 1990s. Thankfully she is in remission, making it Reeves mission to support research that can help others to get treatment and thrive beyond cancer. He also encourages others to become donors and active participants in the efforts to fight cancer.

Having a cancer foundation and supporting children’s hospitals should be enough. But Keanu Reeves is continuously giving back whenever he can. He has supported PETA, took pay cuts so other actors can be hired, bought The Matrix stunt crew motorbikes and bought his mother a house.

You Can Help Cancer Research And Other Causes Too!

You don’t have to be Keanu Reeves to give back though. Sure, he has made enough money through his films to last several lifetimes, but no matter what your job and income is, you can also give back.

Ideas to raise funds for cancer treatment, research and awareness:

  • Crowdfunding
  • Create a game night
  • Host a girls night 
  • Organize a used book sale
  • Organize a bake sale
  • Make some arts and crafts and sell them
  • Teach yoga, cooking, or other classes
  • Organize a movie night
  • Plan a guided hike, city tour, or field day
  • Have a bingo or trivia night
  • Host an ice cream social
  • Participate in runs and walks for the cause
  • Send out letters asking for donations
  • Host a giving day event
  • Donate your birthday to the cause
  • Organize a carwash
  • Actively talk about the issue on social media and in real life

 

Of course, you can use these ideas to fundraise for any cause you believe in. There are many ways you can make a difference in the world. Small acts go far. You can do these on any budget.

Powerful Ways To Give Back

  • Donate to foundations and causes you believe in. Even a dollar can be helpful.
  • Volunteer for a cause that’s important to you. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Mentor a child. Work at an animal shelter. Engage with the elderly at a nursing home. The options are endless.
  • Participate in fundraisers. You can run a 5K for a cause, participate in awareness weeks, donate your birthday, or simply spread the word for your favorite fundraiser.
  • Set up your own mini-fundraiser, like creating a community cookbook, organizing a rummage sale, or doing a bake sale and donate the earnings to support an issue close to your heart.
  • Support those around you, friends, family and strangers alike. Showing a genuine interest in how they are, listening and showing empathy and compassion are powerful. A smile or a hug also goes a long way.
  • Surprise someone with a small act of kindness. Send a handwritten letter to a friend. Call a long lost friend. Send flowers to a relative. Pay it forward.
  • Give back to our planet through recycling, composting, choosing natural products, growing plants, buying organics and reducing your global footprint.
  • Take care of yourself. Eat a healthy whole foods diet, hydrate well, exercise, sleep plenty, reduce stress and engage in activities that lift you up. You are much more useful to the world when your batteries are full.

 

Are you aware of other celebrities with ‘secret’ foundations they are so humble about? What are the most important causes you believe in? What causes have you made donations to or fundraised for? How do you give back on a daily basis? Share in the comments below, we would love to hear from you.

And remember, we’re in this together.

Kat Gal

Kat Gal

Professional Holistic Health Writer at Kat Gal Holistic Health Writer
Kat Gál is a professional holistic health writer who helps health, wellness and nutrition businesses to market their products and services through quality online content. She is also a Certified Holistic Health & Life Coach. Kat is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. Reach out if you are looking for amazing blog content at katgalwriter@gmail.com.
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