Melissa Buffalo fundraising for 9th Annual Powwow for Hope: Distancing for Life, Love & Hope

From Melissa Buffalo

I am fundraising for every tribal member who should have access to care, which includes preventative cancer screenings! I do this for our youth and our elders.

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My name is Melissa Buffalo, and it's during times like this pandemic that the work we for cancer survivors and patients across Indian Country is so important! Our little ones deserve to have their grandparents around, my children, my nieces and nephews deserve it. I love the work I do and am thankful to do this work with such a great team! I love the work we do at AICAF and every effort we make to support the health and wellness of tribal nations plus the impact cancer has had on my family. I am fundraising for all our Indigenous communities and my family.

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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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