Mar 12 2013

Foundation Beyond Belief Raises Record Funds to Fight Cancer – And They’re Doing It Again!

Hey, this is cool. On lots of levels.

You know the Foundation Beyond Belief, the humanist charitable organization supporting charities around the world? You know how last year, they organized a massive fundraising effort for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through their Light the Night Walks? It was a thumping success.

In our first year, we raised $430,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the largest amount ever raised by a first year non-corporate team and the 4th largest amount raised by any team in the nation in 2012, including corporate teams. Freethinkers across the US and Canada formed 150 local teams.

They’re doing it again this year:

I am incredibly excited to announce our involvement for a second year that, with your help, is going to continue to have an enormous positive impact both on our movement and in the fight against cancer. Foundation Beyond Belief is a “Special Friend” team partner with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for their Light The Night Walks. Our goal this year is to unite the Freethought Movement around the world to raise $500.000 U.S. Dollars in 2013.

Last year, their International Team Honored Hero was Christopher Hitchens. This year, their honored hero is…

… me.

The 2013 International Team Honored Hero is Greta Christina. Greta is author of “Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless,” and one of the most popular atheist bloggers. She is a regular atheist correspondent for AlterNet, Free Inquiry, and The Humanist, and writes at Greta Christina’s Blog (now part of the Freethought Blogs network) since 2005. In 2012, Greta Christina was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. She was fortunate in getting the cancer caught early: she was treated with surgical hysterectomy and oophorectomy, and is now cancer-free. She has a presumptive diagnosis of Lynch Syndrome (a diagnosis based on family history), which significantly increases the odds of getting certain kinds of cancers, including endometrial and colon.

Walkers and teams are encouraged to use Greta as their own Honored Hero as well as choose people from their family or community afflicted by cancer to walk for. Walkers and teams may choose as many Honored Heroes as they wish and can share them with us here:

I’ll be writing more about this when I’m not on the road. For now, I’ll just say that I am hugely touched. If you want to participate with the Foundation Beyond Belief in the Light the Night Walk, here’s how to do it. Let’s show the world just how good we can be without God!


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    Gregory in Seattle

    You will just have to face it, Greta: you are an inspiration to others.

    I wish I could embed this, but I think conga rats are in order.

  2. 2

    Outstanding! and well deserved, too.

  3. 3

    Great job FBB, and a well-deserved honor to Greta, who is an inspiration. I donated last year and will be doing so again this year.

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    A Hermit

    Well done! And on behalf of my father, a lymphoma survivor (in his 80′s now!) thank you…

  5. 5

    What a terrific choice! Foundation Beyond Belief is a great idea — and so is this.

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    Leo Buzalsky

    Really?!? Is the site set up? I swear I was just on there yesterday and it still had last year’s stuff up yet.

    …It would appear that I was there too early in the day.

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    Anthony K

    Oh, the most heartfelt congratulations to you, Greta!

  8. 8

    Many congratulations on a well-deserved honor! I’m really looking forward to seeing you speak at SkepTech.

  9. 9

    This makes me smile.

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    Taslima Nasreen

    Wow! Greta! you are now rich. Enjoy life. I hope cancer will not return.

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