Madison woman creates non-profit to tackle pancreatic, brain, & colon cancers

The ‘Ebony Eyes Foundation’ just received its 501c3 certificate in August 2021

October 10, 2021 1:53 p.m.

Posted on October 10, 2021 1:53 PM

MADISON, Wisconsin – One in three nonprofits is threatened with closure in the next two years due to the financial damage caused by the pandemic, a report said. However, such statistics do not stop a local woman from starting one.

Niketa Rae is known in the Madison area for her relentless dedication to raising money for PanCAN, an organization dedicated to the fight against pancreatic cancer. Miller lost her grandmother to relentless illness a decade ago. Since then, she has been thinking about how to keep her grandmother’s legacy alive and at the same time make happy new memories.

“When you think about helping an organization, it can be difficult,” said Rae. “Sometimes it doesn’t make you feel particularly good because it brings back memories. It makes you sad. It can even make you angry. “

“I just want people to know that raising money and raising awareness can also be fun,” she said.

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Tired of the typical 5K fundraising model, Rae decided to start her own organization: the Ebony Eyes Foundation, a brand new nonprofit that just got its 501c3 certification back in August.

Ebony Eyes will raise funds for pancreatic, colon and brain cancers and donate to other organizations that research, treat, and improve the quality of life for people with three of the deadliest cancers. But what sets it apart from other nonprofits is the way participants raise funds.

The organization’s first event is an adult prom later this month.

Rae also plans volleyball, bowling, and shuffleboard tournaments: all fun get-togethers where people can make memories … and make a difference.

“Our slogan is ‘Cancer Sucks, But Awareness Don’t Have To Be,’” Rae said with a laugh.

Learn more about the Ebony Eyes Foundation here.

Click here to purchase tickets to the organization’s first event, Purple Rain: An Adult Prom Fundraiser, scheduled for October 23rd.

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