Survivors' Association Granted Tax-Exempt Status by IRS
27 January 2000
only organization for thyroid cancer survivors has been granted
tax-exempt status by the United States' Internal Revenue Service.
are pleased to have been granted 501(c)(3) designation as a not-for-profit
organization," says Gary Bloom a thyroid cancer survivor in
and Chair of the ThyCa Board of Directors. "Tax exempt status
will help us seek funding to carry out the mission of the Association.
As a volunteer organization, we depend on donations, educational
grants and membership fees to reach survivors around the world."
Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. provides services and resources
to thyroid cancer survivors and their families around the world.
Organized following the first annual conference for thyca (thyroid
cancer) survivors held in Massachusetts in October 1998, a national
committee incorporated the association in March 1999.
the past year," Bloom adds, "we have established a web
site, created a permanent mailing address and toll-free telephone
survivors, organized local support groups in the U.S. and Canada.
Plus we are now in the midst of planning our third annual conference
for survivors and their families. Tax-exempt status will help us
secure the financial support we need to expand these free services."
site has proven to be an invaluable resource for survivors, especially
those newly diagnosed with this rare cancer. Since starting in
early 1999, the site has grown rapidly, now getting more than 40,000
visitors a month. The site includes a description of types of thyroid
and its treatment, news releases, history of the association, listing
of local support groups and facilitators in the U.S. and Canada,
information about future conferences and links to other resources.
The site also includes an electronic membership application and
advance electronic registration for conferences. The address for
ThyCa's web site is <www.thyca.org>.