About World Cancer Day

Established in 2000, World Cancer Day is held every 4th February and is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). By raising worldwide awareness, improving education and catalyzing personal, collective and government action, supporters of World Cancer Day are working together to reimagine a world where millions of cancer deaths are prevented and access to life-saving cancer treatment and
care is equal for all.

Each year, hundreds of activities and events take place around the world, gathering communities, organizations and individuals in schools, businesses, hospitals, marketplaces, parks, community halls, places of worship, and in the streets and online to raise awareness and inspire action.

2022 Theme: Close the Care Gap

The new three-year campaign for World Cancer Day is about addressing the barriers that prevent people around the world from accessing the cancer care they need. This first year of the ‘Close the Care Gap’ campaign is all about understanding and recognizing the inequities in cancer care around the globe. It’s about having an open mind, challenging assumptions and looking at the hard facts:

  • Inequity in cancer care costs lives.
  • People who seek cancer care hit barriers at every turn.
  • Income, education, location and discrimination and assumptions based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability and lifestyle, are just a few
    of the factors that can negatively affect care.
  • The gap affects everyone, including you and your loved ones.
  • These barriers are not set in stone. They can be changed.

This is the year to question the status quo and help reduce stigma; to listen to the perspectives of the people living with cancer and their communities and let those lived experiences guide our thoughts and actions.

That’s how we can begin to imagine a better way of doing things and to build a fairer vision of the future—a future where people live healthier lives and have better access to health and cancer services, no matter where they are born, grow, age, work or live.

What is Cancer?

Cancer is a disease which occurs when changes in a group of normal cells within the body lead to an uncontrolled, abnormal growth forming a lump called a tumor; this is true of all cancers except leukemia (cancer of the blood). If left untreated, tumors can grow and spread into the surrounding normal tissue, or to other parts of the body via the bloodstream and lymphatic systems, and can affect the digestive, nervous and circulatory systems or release hormones that may affect body function.

How to Support in Your Local Community

Team Vogel vs. Cancer is a group of volunteer people connected in a fight against cancer. Since 2010, they have been supporting families in the Winona area who are fighting cancer, local cancer research, and area hospital cancer patient support programs.

Team Vogel vs Cancer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Donations are tax deductible.

For more information, please visit: https://www.teamvogelvscancer.org/

Long-Term Giving Plans

If you’re able to give regularly and are called to a passion in this field (or others), you may be interested in hearing about the advantages of a donor advised fund.

When you establish a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) at the Winona Community Foundation, you make an irrevocable gift to the Foundation and receive an immediate tax deduction for the gift. In exchange, you retain the right to name the fund, recommend grants from the fund, and to name successor advisors. Your fund’s assets are co-mingled and invested with those of the Foundation where it benefits. Your DAF can be endowed or spendable. Although many people with establish a DAF during their lifetime, many will do so through a gift in their will or estate.

More Information

World Cancer Day Official Website
Designed to raise worldwide attention and inspire action. Includes resources for understanding cancer, how to get involved, and materials for activities.
Learn more: https://www.worldcancerday.org/about-us

The Cancer Atlas
Designed to increase public awareness and understanding of risk factors, causes of cancer, and opportunities to help control cancer.
Learn more: https://canceratlas.cancer.org/

World Cancer Research Fund: Facts and Figures on Specific Cancers
World Cancer Research Fund International is the world’s leading authority on cancer prevention research related to diet, weight and physical activity.
Learn more: https://www.wcrf.org/diet-and-cancer/cancer-trends/

International Agency for Research on Cancer: Global Cancer Observatory
An interactive web-based platform presenting global and national cancer statistics to inform cancer control and research.
Learn more: https://gco.iarc.fr/

Winona Community Foundation
We provide the expertise, network of partners, and research that enables you to maximize your impact on your community’s greatest needs and opportunities.
Learn more: https://www.winonacf.org/about/ 

The Winona Community Foundation offers a range of charitable options and funds for individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits to accomplish their philanthropic goals. As your trusted partner, resource, and steward for community philanthropy, the Winona Community Foundation is committed to helping every individual give back in a way that is both meaningful to them and to the causes they care about.

Zoe Kwitek
Marketing and Community Relations Specialist at the Winona Community Foundation.