Cancer of Many Colors, Inc. is a non-profit Lexington, SC based organization dedicated to helping local cancer survivors with their daily living expenses and emergency needs.
Founded in 2014 by Paulette Criscione, Cancer of Many Colors, Inc. (CMC) was created in honor of the Criscione family to help bring awareness to all cancers. Most cancers have its own color. For the Crisciones, Paulette and her father John were diagnosed with breast cancer (pink). John passed away in 1981. Her brother Richard diagnosed with leukemia (orange) died in 2007 and brother Jay, diagnosed with throat cancer (burgundy/ivory) in 2006 passed away with bile duct cancer (Kelly Green) in 2009. Paulette was diagnosed with lung (white) in 2011. Both Paulette and Jay tested positive for BRCA 2, a genetic mutation. Hence, Cancer of Many Colors was created.
No Gift is too small.
"Cancer of Many Colors Graciously came to Diana's aid. Thank you Cancer of Many Colors for caring and helping Diana."
RN Case Manager
As a survivor and a caregiver, Paulette knows the financial burden cancer treatments can place on individuals and their families. She started the CMC Foundation, to raise funds for others in her local community, to reduce the financial hardships that cancer can cause. She also takes the stewardship of the public’s trust very seriously when raising funds. With the continued dedication of the community, Cancer of Many Colors continues to grow as an organization with the goal of becoming a major resource for the Midlands.
The same cancer type in one individual is very different from that cancer in another individual. Within a single type of cancer, such as breast cancer, researchers are discovering subtypes that each requires a different treatment approach. As researchers learn more and more about the nature of the disease, we're reminded of how complex it is, and how much more we need to know. But whatever the specific type, all cancer profoundly challenges the men and women who are fighting it. Their struggle touches all of the people in their lives: husbands, wives, and partners; parents, children, sisters and brothers; caregivers; co-workers, friends and neighbors.
You must be a resident of South Carolina living in the counties of Calhoun, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter. You must provide a statement from your physician on their letterhead stating that you are currently under active therapy/treatment. (Maintenance care will not be applicable for this benefit. Maintenance care is considered routine physician visits, labs, scans, drugs, etc.) A Community Resource Partner, such as, a social worker, nurse navigator or doctor must sign the application certifying that you need assistance. Along with the application, you must provide copies of the current bill/s that you are requesting help with. Eviction notices and Independent Landlords must submit additional information. Please notify CMC requesting those forms. All gifts are paid directly to the vendor. *CMC only assist with non-medical bills. There are no age restrictions for the recipients of the gift.
Paulette Criscione, Founder /Survivor
Paulette Criscione created Cancer of Many Colors because of the loss of her family. Paulette’s father died from breast cancer in 1981. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 after relocating to Lexington, SC. Her brothers died from leukemia and bile duct cancer within four years. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011. Paulette understands the emotional and financial hardships of this dreaded disease. Her mission is to help local cancer patients with their daily living expenses so they can focus on recovery. She also wants to provide emotional support to the patient’s caregivers. Paulette’s vision for Cancer of Many Colors is to be a major resource to others in the Midlands.
Christine LaCount, Board Chair
Christine fell in love with helping others when she volunteered for the first time at the age of 14, participating in a March of Dimes walk-a-thon. A long time SC resident, she believes strongly in mission of Cancer of Many Colors in helping to meet the basics needs of local cancer patients as they travel through their cancer journey. The mother of 23 year old twins, Christine developed a strong passion for helping cancer survivors when her 4 year old daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia. She knows firsthand the struggles a family faces with a cancer diagnosis. Most of her adult years, Christine has tirelessly dedicated her time to many charitable organizations, including the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, The Leukemia Society and Avon’s Breast Cancer Walk. She and her husband are avid hunters who love watching football and spending time with friends.
Stephanie Sluder, Secretary
Stephanie Sluder is retired from the a career in the legal world, as well as working with the non-profit organization, South Carolina School Boards Association. She is active as a personal trainer and fitness instructor as well as serving as the Secretary to the Board for Cancer of Many Colors. She is a wife and mother of 2 daughters, stepmother of 3 other children, grandmother of 10 and great grandmother of 5. She has felt the sting of cancer many times; losing her father and older sister to lung cancer. Her Mom survived breast cancer and she has a sister who survived cervical cancer. It has hit close to home far too often. She is motivated to help others to fight the good fight.
Heyward Barnes, Treasurer
Heyward Barnes is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Aiken, SC. Heyward holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina. He is active in civic and community events as a Rotarian in the West Metro Rotary Club. He also serves on the Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center Board of Directors.
Heyward lives in Lexington, SC with his wife Brooke and their two children (Stella and Baer). He has seen how cancer can affect families as he has had several family members and close friends deal with this dreaded disease.