It feels good to do good. Though it sounds simple, it's actually a biological fact. As humans, we engage in "prosocial behavior" as part of our genetic code, meaning that we intentionally do things for others as a part of who we are.
This characteristic is now being observed by anthropologists and biologists alike as an evolutionary trait, something that the human species adapted to have in order to stay alive. In other words? We need each other. And as we help each other, we benefit physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Many myeloma patients and caregivers that I have talked to express a need to give back. Though you or your loved one may be diagnosed with myeloma, there are many tangible ways to be generous and make a difference to the myeloma community.
The HealthTree Foundation is leveraging innovation and technology to bring patients and top cancer researchers together to find cures for not only myeloma but other blood cancers as well.
Our unique model saves researchers significant time (as seen below) thanks to our amazing patients who willingly donate their data anonymously for research purposes.
The time is now to give to the HealthTree Foundation for both your benefit and the benefit of others. The more funds raised, the more projects, studies, and surveys we can provide to researchers hungry for a myeloma cure.
Remember, by donating to HealthTree today, you won’t just be helping accelerate a myeloma cure for you and your fellow patients and caregivers, but you can also benefit in other measurable ways.
According to the Greater Good Science Center, the benefits of being generous can include:
- a potential increase in physical activity
- improved blood pressure
- better hearing
- higher quality of sleep
- increased longevity
- less overwhelm
- more happiness
- reduced psychological problems
In fact, Dr. Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. and director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University, shares,
"The neural pathways that we created through giving can overcome destructive emotions, such as hostility and bitterness."
This Giving Tuesday, we invite you to reap the benefits of generosity by donating to key multiple myeloma research studies.
Benefit physically, mentally, and emotionally by being generous, and have the peace of mind that you are contributing to myeloma cures. Each unique myeloma patient deserves to have their myeloma cured.
Please donate today by clicking the button below. We appreciate you today and every day!
about the author
Audrey is the Editor for the HealthTree Foundation for Multiple Myeloma. She originally joined the HealthTree Foundation in 2020 as the Myeloma Community Program Director. While not knowing much about myeloma initially, she worked hard to educate herself, empathize and learn from others' experiences. She loves this job. Audrey is passionate about serving others, loves learning, and enjoys iced chais from Dutch Bros. She also loves spending time with her supportive husband and energetic three-year-old.