Cancer Happens Impact

Why we need to talk about cancer in schools


  • Cancer Pathways was recognized as an HPV champion by the state of GA for dedication to promoting HPV prevention and education.
  • Awarded a 2 year Washington State DOH contract to expand the program

Expansion Plans

  • With federal and state funds awarded to us, we will expand statewide in 2021
  • Expanding partnerships to broaden program reach nationally with local partners

Our Reach

Cancer Happens has been presented to over 100,000 students to date

By the end of the 2019-2020 school year, over 9,300 students in nearly 70 high schools benefited from watching Cancer Happens on site in their classrooms.
States where Cancer Happens has been presented to teens in middle schools, high schools or youth organizations (as of August 2020)

What teachers are saying about Cancer Happens

“I want to thank you so much for coming to speak to my classes. I had such positive feedback from all my students about how much they had learned. You definitely made a huge impact on their lives.”

“Thank you for speaking to my Child Development classes regarding cancer. Your presentation was professional and informative. My students enjoyed it and I look forward to having you back in the future.”

“This is such an appropriate time for my students since they have just started their Cancer Awareness Projects which includes interviewing a cancer survivor or a close relative of a cancer patient.”

“The material presented was very relevant to the lives of our students & cancer is something teens don’t think can happen to them.”

“Thank you so very much for including our school in the Cancer Happens Presentations. The presenter was very patient and so positive with my students. Not only was the information presented astounding, but her approach with the kids was great.”

“Many of these students have parents who are smokers, so it was very good for them to hear especially about lung cancer. Hopefully, it will cause them to persuade their parents to stop smoking.”

What students are saying about Cancer Happens

“Thank you for all of the information you showed us. After learning everything you taught us, I will spread the word. Thank you so much for taking your time and teaching us things we didn’t know. Now I feel informed. Thank you!”

“I really appreciate this presentation and the speaker did a great job. If I find a friend or an adult with cancer, I will definitely refer them to Cancer Pathways!”

“I did learn a lot today. I knew the basics of cancer, but I learned way more today and I can make sure to follow the rules.”

“I like the interactive element – we weren’t just listening but also asking questions. The presenter knew the information well. I liked the pictures and videos.”

“I feel more educated and now will take more precautions to prevent cancers and making healthier choices.”

“I feel really informed and learned that things that seem little – like wearing sunscreen, not smoking, and eating right – can make a difference!”