A World Where Cancer Patients Don’t Suffer

By Grace Nonnemaker

The reason I wanted to support and be involved with the BUCK Cancer Foundation is because I would love to live in a world where cancer patients don’t suffer. Ideally, I would love to live in a world where cancer doesn’t exist, but at least now, while it does, I would like to help relieve patients who are going through traditional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. 

Even on my dad’s best days he was suffering. He would have to sit down, he was tired and he was uncomfortable. It wasn’t until his condition worsened that we sought out naturopathic medicines such as acupuncture and changes in diet. As time went on I saw significant changes, he had more energy and was in less pain.

When I realized how this was benefiting my father, it made me wonder how much this would have helped him when he was initially going through chemo and radiation. At a time when he was already feeling stronger, I imagine these naturopathic treatments may have increased his quality of life and given him the energy needed to fight off the disease. 

I want the Foundation to help merge traditional and holistic treatments so that cancer patients have access to every option available for them and have the strength to fight the disease along with the chemo and radiation. My hope is that one day this will also lead to a cure.

A Message from Buck's brother Sean

As most of my close family and friends know, my brother Buck recently lost his prolonged battle with rectal cancer. Though family cared for him and modern medicine attempted the appropriately prescribed treatments, it was futile. After the numerous doctor's appointments, chemotherapy sessions, and drug cocktails, Buck finally turned to naturopathy as a supplement to the modern therapeutics. Buck said that within this realm, he had found an excellent source for pain relief, increased energy, and overall improvement in well being.

 From a physician's perspective, I can confirm that recommending naturopathic practices is scant. It is not advisable to officially promote non-researched, non-FDA-approved therapies, even if they have shown some benefit. Google is a common consulting physician for many patients–including my brother. How is that possible? For one, these alternative medicines are not financially supported nor given a chance for evaluation because of the strain it would place on pharmaceutical companies. Additionally, it takes funding to conduct a research study to determine the effectiveness of such therapies which is limited in the naturopathic arena. And lets not get started on insurance coverages.

 My family and I feel it is time for this divide between traditional and alternative therapies to be properly evaluated. In memory of my brother and promoting this endeavor, the BUCK Cancer Foundation has been established to raise awareness of the effectiveness of these supplemental therapeutics and possibly endorse a formal evaluation. In achieving exposure and financial backing, there is hopes of conducting a research study - Alternative WITH Traditional medicine instead of Alternative VS Traditional medicine. Though Buck's death was from rectal cancer, the practicality is that all cancers may be impacted by non-traditional therapeutics. We are on a mission to prove it.

Join the journey, our cause, and maybe you can be a part of the future enhancement of cancer treatment, which could impact millions of lives.