Medical Research Grants
BUCK provides funding for research studies on natural and holistic treatments and how they complement conventional cancer care. These grants are currently being offered to studies conducted at research hospitals within a 200 mile radius of the Greater Philadelphia area. We offer two grant periods (February 1 to April 30 and September 1 to October 31) per year and guarantee to award one grant per year. Since our inception, BUCK has awarded two $5,000 medical research grants: one for a Yoga With Radiation study at Penn Medicine and another for an Acupuncture in the Hospital study for mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgical patients.
Pay A BUCK Forward
Pay A BUCK Forward educational grant program is a terrific opportunity for students currently enrolled or enrolling in a program that focuses on integrative cancer treatments. The program covers a student’s tuition and fees and is available up to $5,000. The Pay A BUCK Forward Grant has a unique structure as a Giving Back Grant Program where upon graduation and employment, the student will begin to repay a set percentage of their salary to the Foundation so a grant can be provided to another round of students. This percentage varies with their salary and therefore does not put the student into debt!
Warm Hugs from BUCK
This is our Community Outreach program that provides gifts and supplies to cancer patients in Delaware and Lehigh Valleys. Over the last three years, we have provided gifts and supplies to over 360 cancer patients. These gifts included warm socks for patients with peripheral neuropathy or cold sensitivities, water bottles to highlight the benefits of hydration and warm blankets to keep patients warm while receiving their chemo. We have a great relationship with Penn Medicine and have formed a productive collaboration with practitioners at its locations in both Chester and Philadelphia Counties. We are also starting to work with Jefferson and Einstein in Philadelphia and the John and Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center at the Lehigh Valley Hospital. In 2019 and beyond, we will expand the number of hospitals and counties in which we provide our Warm Hugs program. Our goal for this program is to more than double the number of hugs handed out each year.