Madison Anderson fundraising for 9th Annual Powwow for Hope: Distancing for Life, Love & Hope

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I'm raising money to support my favorite non-profit, the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF).

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Boozhoo! I'm raising money to support my favorite non-profit, the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF). I have been working at AICAF since 2018, assisting with the second iteration of the Tribal Tobacco Use Project (TTUP), a follow up to the first state-wide, community-driven surveillance of commercial and traditional tobacco behaviors and attitudes among American Indian adults in Minnesota (MN). The first TTUP survey was conducted in 2012 and found that 60% of American Indian adults in MN were current commercial tobacco users, compared to only 16% of all MN Adults. I am honored to contribute to this important research that will heal our communities from the damage of colonization and commercialization of tobacco. Through data sovereignty and meaningful community-partnerships, AICAF produces unique, quality data that can further inform tribal policies and community-specific interventions. Please consider donating to my fundraiser, and help us achieve our mission to eliminate the burden of cancer across Indian Country!

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Distancing for Life, Love & Hope:

Powwow for Hope is a nationwide fundraiser for the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) that honors loved ones who have faced or are facing cancer by creating a space for healing. Proceeds benefit the American Indian Cancer Foundation’s work to eliminate cancer burdens on Native families across the nation. This year, we are pivoting to a virtual fundraiser taking place from Wednesday, July 1 to Monday, September 7, 2020. 

Cancer kills more Native people than any other disease. Donations from this event help AICAF further its work to eliminate cancer burdens on Indigenous communities throughout the country through improved access to prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivor support. 

Join us in this fight against cancer by starting a Fundraising Team! Because this event happens digitally, you can participate from anywhere in the nation by donating or starting a fundraising page. 

Proceeds from past events have allowed us to create and deliver culturally-relevant cancer prevention resources to more Tribal and urban communities, connect Indigenous cancer survivors and caregivers to healing and supportive services, and partner with more Tribes so we can change the outcome of cancer in our communities.

Let's do more! We cannot make this happen without you! Last year Fundraising Teams were successful in raising $57,000 that helped support: 

  • development of AICAF’s Indigenous Pink and Turquoise Tuesday campaigns, allowing us to engage more clinics and communities, and deliver screening reminder cards, infographics, and swag items to more tribes
  • national survivorship outreach, allowing us to share new Indigenous cancer survivor stories and expand our Survivorship Program to include more resources for caregivers
  • redevelopment of our two websites, both of which allows users to easily navigate pages, access resources, and connect with our team

This year we have an ambitious goal to raise $100,000, but we cannot do it without the support of our Fundraising Teams! Join us in our mission to improve health outcomes for Native families everywhere by getting involved in the 9th Annual Powwow for Hope. 

Find resources and materials for your Fundraising Team on our website. If you need assistance starting your Fundraising Team, please contact

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