After learning acclaimed actor Chadwick Boseman died from a secret battle with colon cancer, people are inspired to center their focus on legacy, push past the struggles in life and hone in on their purpose. The recent passing also highlighted cancer and has moved many to donate toward the fight against it.
According to TMZ, since Boseman’s death, organizations fighting against cancer have already seen a rise in donations. They have claimed to notice a spike in the number of people aware of the illness as well as an increase in the amount of individuals who are showing love and care to sufferers of the disease.
Fight Colorectal Cancer has already raised $10,000 due to a “major boost” in support. Anjee Davis, the president of the organization, said the money will be used to develop treatment and hopefully find a cure for the disease. She told TMZ that she hopes people are inspired to get early screenings and look at their family history and current health conditions for signs.
CEO of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance Michael Sapienza echoed similar sentiments. He shared that his aspiration is that Boseman’s hidden battle could help “shed the stigma” and not only encourage open discussion about the illness, but help younger people take their health seriously.
Cindy Borassi, Interim President for the Colon Cancer Foundation, reportedly told TMZ that her organization has seen at least a 300% increase in donations over the last four days. She revealed that the Coronavirus pandemic caused a decline in screenings, but believes the death of a public figure like Boseman could be enough to increase awareness, financial support and outreach for colon cancer.
Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 which progressed to stage IV by the time of his death. Tributes from fans, friends and coworkers have circulated social media, admiring his ability to provide his best work in such trying times.