This is an ongoing battle. Progress is being made but it is slow. Look at the pathetic list of sites on the events page of the main OCF site. But 5 years ago the number was 0. http://oralcancerfoundation.org/events/index.htm
I cannot emphasize that for all my lectures at universities, interviews on TV print media and more, OCF is only as strong as our family here. When you go to your oral surgeon's office you can take waiting room brochures from OCF ("What you need to know about oral cancer" designed for the general public) and leave them behind, when you go to your treatment center you can see that they have our web card in the treatment waiting rooms, at the social services office so that people can find this message board. There is more, but you get the idea. We are as strong as those that care to make a difference through such simple acts. Everything you need can be obtained by contacting Megan or Jamie at the OCF office for free to our members. We have to be the change that we wish to see in the world.
OCF is about to embark on a new effort with billboards throughout the south through a company that we found because of the organizer of our Chattanooga Awareness Walk event. We are working with two different high end recognizable modeling agencies one of us will partner with us on an ad a TV PSA program that is going to be an "oral cancer isn't pretty" theme. There is a great additional PR opportunity with someone of that caliber to get the oral cancer story out as they want to show that they are good corporate citizens. We are buying public service message time on a site called gaspump.com that has video screens on gas pumps at stations all over the US. Those 30 second message will spread the word about oral cancer. These are all expensive things to engage in. This is your donation
money in part, in effect.
Lori - have your surgeons office call us. We will show them how to do good in the world and build their practice at the same time. Vested self interest is sometimes the necessary tool. Have them ask for me. Let me help you turn your grief and frustration into to something meaningful.