Mothers And Daughters Against Cancer (MADAC) to become a Donor Advised Fund at Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia.
The Board of Mothers And Daughters Against Cancer is pleased to announce that they are guiding the organization in a transition from a nonprofit organization (501(c)3) to a Donor Advised Fund that will be placed under the governance of the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia (CFNEG). As a Donor Advised Fund, MADAC will continue to fulfill its mission of helping mothers and daughters make a difference in the fight against cancer on a local level throughout Gwinnett County and greater Atlanta. CFNEG will manage the funds that have been raised through MADAC‘s activities, most notably the annual “Evening of Hope” event. Three of the current MADAC board members will serve as advisors for the newly formed MADAC fund: Founder Susan Highsmith Graveline of Norcross, Jill Kersh of Duluth, and Del Martin of Atlanta.
Gifts to MADAC will need to be directed to the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia and designated to the “Mothers and Daughters Against Cancer Fund“. Distributions from the MADAC Fund will be made annually to help support local causes and projects that align with MADAC‘s mission. Proposals and request for funds can be directed to one or more of the Fund Advisors.
Formed in 1998, Mothers And Daughters Against Cancer was founded by Susan Highsmith Graveline and her then eight-year-old daughter, Alexis. The charter members consisted of 15 mothers and their young daughters who were friends of Susan and Alexis. As a 2-time cancer survivor, Susan wanted to teach her young daughter how to be active and positive in the fight against cancer. Graveline was first diagnosed in 1991 with cervical/uterine cancer. Three weeks after founding MADAC in 1998, once again Graveline heard those terrifying words “you have cancer” when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. With MADAC members supporting her Susan endured: a lumpectomy, 4 months of chemotherapy (had a “Shave My Head Party”), 6 weeks of daily radiation and 5 years on Tamoxifen. Today, Susan Highsmith Graveline is surviving and thriving.
In its first year, MADAC raised $3,500 for the American Cancer Society. Each year it doubled the funds raised. In 17 years, MADAC has raised over $1 million while successfully strengthening its bond between mothers and daughters. In 2010, MADAC became a 501(c)3 non profit organization expanding its activities to include fundraising for local cancer causes in addition to supporting the ACS- Relay for Life. It has given over $100,000 since then to support local projects including the Patient Resource Navigator at Gwinnett Medical Center, funding Chester Chest, an intercom phone system at the AFLAC Cancer Center, educational scholarships for 4 cancer survivors and provided ‘Feel the Love’ pillows and blankets to cancer survivors at the ACS’ Hope Lodge.