This month FlexJobs is proud to feature and donate to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, which is a leader in cancer care and the fight to end cancer.
Each month during 2019, FlexJobs is highlighting a fantastic nonprofit organization that we feel strongly about, and we will be donating $6,000 throughout the year! Come back each month to read about our selected nonprofit and see how they are helping to shape a better world.
The MD Anderson Cancer Center
Over 1.7 million new cancer cases are diagnosed in the United States every year. Focusing exclusively on cancer patients, the MD Anderson Cancer Center is on a mission to eliminate cancer in Texas and nationwide through its cancer network.
For over 75 years, the doctors at MD Anderson have treated some of the rarest cancers, ensuring that cancer patients can connect with doctors who understand the specifics of their case. However, treating cancer is only one way MD Anderson works toward their goal. Their research helps create new therapies that benefit patients across the globe. And, their team conducts clinical trials to help treat difficult or aggressive tumors.
A Single Goal
The team at MD Anderson knows that to achieve their goal, they can’t focus on only one avenue of attack. In addition to cutting edge research and clinical trials, MD Anderson has created an ambitious program called Moon Shots.
The Moon Shots program combines data analysis, education, outreach, and drug development in the battle against cancer. Using this multi-faceted approach, MD Anderson hopes to improve prevention, detection, and treatment for all cancers.
Cancer Treatment is More Than Medicine
Because battling cancer is so much more than the physical aspects, MD Anderson also provides emotional and spiritual support for cancer fighters. And, because cancer affects patients’ lives in so many ways, they provide advice and support for fighters and survivors, helping them plan for life during and after treatment.
MD Anderson recognizes that a cancer diagnosis doesn’t just affect the patient. Along with spiritual and emotional support for caregivers, MD Anderson provides education and resources about legal and financial issues, how to support a cancer patient, and how to take care of themselves during this difficult time.
Flexible Work Makes an Impact
At FlexJobs, we’re no strangers to cancer and its impact. However, we know that having a flexible job can make that stressful time a little easier. A flexible job lets patients and caregivers continue to work and fight cancer—instead of having to choose one or the other.
Our former Director of Employer Outreach, Kristen Thomas, is one such example. While she was employed with FlexJobs, Kristin was diagnosed with breast cancer. In other jobs, she might have had to take a long, extended medical leave. But, because she was at FlexJobs, with a flexible job, she was able to navigate treatment without worrying about her job.
She was able to attend doctors’ appointments and attend to her health needs while staying engaged with her job—something that she says offered her optimism and hope during a stressful time. “It gave me something positive to think about,” she said.
Thankfully, FlexJobs isn’t the only employer that has flexible jobs. Shannon M. found a flexible job through FlexJobs at UnitedHealth Group. When her husband was diagnosed with cancer, she was able to rearrange her work schedule so she could bring her husband to doctors’ appointments and treatment.
The Mission Continues
We’re pleased to support the MD Anderson Cancer Center in their goal of eliminating cancer. Learn more about MD Anderson’s Moon Shots program and how they’re helping cancer patients every day.
If you or a loved one are affected by cancer, there are many resources that can help and support you. For example, Cancer and Careers provides advice and assistance to job seekers with cancer. And Cancer and Careers members can save on a FlexJobs membership to help you find flexible work.
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