Cancer Aid and Research

There are three goals in this program, Education, Research and Assistance:

  • Education – creating an awareness of the importance of early detection and treatment as a major way to eliminate cancer.
  • Research – providing funding to promising cancer research throughout the U.S.
  • Assistance to members who have cancer through small financial grants.


The Cancer Research Fund was begun by National President Dorothy Mann in 1947 as an instrument to fund cancer research. However, it was first used to help rebuild the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, after it was destroyed by fire. The Ladies Auxiliary (now just called the Auxiliary) donated  $60,000. In 1952 the program was expanded to include grants to Ladies Auxiliary members who were ill with cancer, and the program was renamed Cancer Aid & Research. In November 1955 Cancer Chairman Hazel Miller introduced the concept of giving memorial contributions to the fund in lieu of flowers. In 1972 the first postdoctoral cancer research fellowship was awarded in the amount of $10,000 to the Jackson Laboratory. One two-year $100,000 Postdoctoral Cancer Research Fellowship will be awarded to one scientist to further his or her cancer research. As of March 18, 2004, Junior Girls were included in the Cancer Aid & Research Program allowing one grant during her continuous membership in the unit.

Click here for more information and, if a member, to access the Cancer Grant Application

Calendar Events

  • January – National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

  • February – National Cancer Prevention Month

  • March – National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

  • April – Cancer Control Month, Testicular Cancer Awareness Week, Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week, Head & Neck Cancer    Awareness Week, Minority Cancer Awareness Week

  • May – Skin Cancer Awareness, Brain Tumor Action Week, Blood Cancer Advocacy Days, Oncology Nurses Month

  • June – National Cancer Survivors Day, June 4

  • August – Special Memorial wreaths at National Convention

  • September – Prostate and Ovarian Cancer Awareness, Childhood Cancer Month, Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month, Thyroid Cancer Awareness

  • October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • November – Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, National Hospice Month