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 are currently offering only one grant period per year (May 1 to July 31) but will not guarantee to award a grant each year.
Between 2016-2020, BUCK proudly awarded four medical research grants totaling $20,000 for the following programs:
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! We are currently offering only one grant period per year (September 1 to November 30) but will not guarantee to award a grant each year.
BUCK provided four tuition-assistance grants totaling $10,000. Two grants were awarded to students studying Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and two for students pursuing degrees in integrative medicine. BUCK also provided a stipend grant to a medical student participating in a summer rotation in integrative medicine.
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.