“Remember, you can make a difference.” – John Walsh, television personality, criminal investigator, human and victim rights advocate, creator of America’s Most Wanted, founder of the Adam Walsh Child Resource Center, and originator of numerous pieces of legislation surrounding child protection and missing children.
What is an Advocate?
An advocate is someone who stands up for a person, group, or cause. They may make phones calls or write letters on someone’s behalf, speak in front of a court or agency, or lobby or campaign for an individual or a group. Anyone can be an advocate. From attorneys or social workers to a nonprofit group or a concerned citizen, advocates can be anyone who is committed to championing a cause. No matter the capacity in which an advocate works, however, he or she must have some key characteristics to be effective.
Being passionate about a cause can be an advocate’s most useful trait. Energy and enthusiasm will come through when an advocate is making their case. Also, that passion will help them overcome any obstacles that they may encounter. Decision-makers and organizational leaders recognize passion in advocates and often listen closely when an argument is presented forcefully with compassion and care.
Cancer Patients that are visiting from out of town to receive cancer treatments will be able to focus more on their battle against cancer and worry less about their housing as local nonprofit, The Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Support announced a donation of $15,000 to the American Cancer Society Harrah’s Hope Lodge in Memphis, Tennessee to fund a dedicated guest suite. The suite will be used, free of charge, by any cancer patient and/or their caregivers who travel to Memphis to receive treatment.
“We are very pleased to contribute to Harrah’s Hope Lodge Memphis, an organization that brings great value to adult cancer patients and their families from various cities across the country by providing free temporary lodging in Memphis as they undergo treatment,” said Alan Kosten, Chairman of the Kosten Foundation. “We have met many out of town patients at our free, monthly support group meetings, so we are humbled that we can help out of town patients and their families better focus on their treatments as Harrah’s Hope Lodge Memphis provides a free place to stay.”
With over 1,500 participants, the Kick It 5K Reports Great Success in the Fight to End Pancreatic Center
Cold weather did not deter over 1,500 runners, walkers, volunteers, pancreatic cancer survivors, and supporters as they raised more than $150,000 at the Kosten Foundation’s Eighth Annual Kick It 5K at Shelby Farms Park Conservancy on Sunday, April 8, 2018.
“The 2018 Kosten Foundation Kick It 5K was a tremendous success, “said Alan Kosten, Chairman of the Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Charitable Fund. “We raised over $150,000 with donations still coming in and saw over 1,500 people in the park supporting this wonderful event and cause. We are so thankful to everyone that donated their time, talents, and funds and to those that came out to run, walk, volunteer, and support our fight against pancreatic cancer.”
The SPARK Award is a prestigious annual award that celebrates and recognizes the efforts of individuals and organizations making a positive impact in Memphis
The Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research was recently named as a 2017 SPARK Award winner for a nonprofit with an annual budget under $1M. The prestigious annual awards recognize the efforts of individuals, nonprofits, corporations, and schools, in 13 different categories who are igniting change and making a positive impact in the Greater Memphis community. The 2017 winners were announced at an awards ceremony which aired on WKNO-TV on Dec. 18.
“We are excited and honored to be recognized by the community to receive a Spark Award as an organization that is igniting change,” said Alan Kosten, Chairman of the Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Charitable Fund. “Over the past 14 years, we have sought to improve community support, awareness, and funding for pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest known cancers. It is humbling to know that, with the help of our amazing volunteers and supporters, we are accomplishing our mission.”