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WeCancer is a Great Idea Presented in the 2012 Dell Challenge
Jacqueline Beretta

January, 2012

Mission of the Dell Challenge

The Dell Social Innovation Challenge identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world's most pressing problems with their transformative ideas. We provide university students with world-class teaching and training, as well as with start-up capital and access to a network of mentors and advisors.


The challenge was launched in 2007 by the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2008 Dell became our title sponsor, lending its name and resources. Dell announced a $5 million gift to expand our efforts worldwide at the close of the 2011 challenge to engage more than 60,000 students a year.


Since launching, more than 15,000 students from 90 countries have proposed more than 3,000 ideas. We've awarded more than $350,000 to 13 student teams around the world. Each year they fly challenge Finalists and Expertise Award winners to Austin for a weekend of mentoring, workshops, and other activities as part of the DSIC Global Awards Event. Our Semi-Finalists are also matched with mentors for one-on-one coaching and feedback.


In 2011, five cash prizes were offered totaling $100,000. The 2012 challenge will present 27 awards, more than $140,000 in cash prizes and more than $500,000 worth of in-kind prizes. This expansion allows us to recognize the best projects from each stage of development, world region and social impact area. Additionally, the new challenge website will offer participants the tools and teachings they need to improve and advance their projects. It will also provide a platform for them to inspire us all to use our talents to change the world. With plans to grow to 20,000 entries each year by 2016, the DSIC promises to become the largest and most prestigious global competition for student social entrepreneurs.

WeCancer is a great example of innovation
WeCancer will affect the way everyone understands cancer survivorship and unite the cancer community.

Once one is declared “cancer free,” one is left in the dark when it comes to health outcomes that occur months and years after treatment as a result of the treatment itself or one’s cancer.  All too often, when survivors present their helath problems to their oncologists after treatment, they are met with a perfunctory pat on the back that basically conveys the sentiment, “Just be happy you’re alive.”  There are many survivorship clinics in the US, but many people cannot afford to go to these and/or don’t have insurance that will cover treatment at these clinics.  Most survivors end up seeing their primary care physicians, who often don’t have enough time to focus on survivorship and late effects because it’s such a small percentage of their practices.  There is a significant gap in treatment that exists for cancer survivors after their active cancer treatment. For information about late effects and WeCancer and for sources, please see and the attached powerpoint entitled WeCancer.

On the front-end, WeCancer is a social network and database created for cancer patients and survivors to inspire others, spread awareness about late effects of cancer and its treatment, and have an outlet for their cancer experiences both before and after active treatment. What is most unique about WeCancer is that it is a platform for cancer patients to change the future of how we identify late effects through a database generated by user input combined with medical records.  WeCancer will target the longterm cancer survivor population between 8 and 65 years of age (approximately 4.8 Million as of 2012(1)(2)) in addition to the patients currently undergoing treatment (Approximately 1.5 Million yearly(2010)(3)) 

The mission of WeCancer is to document late effects through the use of algorithms correlating user input with de-identified user treatment summaries and to enable cancer patients and survivors to inspire other and spread awareness about late effects of cancer and its treatment,  This will provide timely, comprehensive information to help the ever-growing survivor-population make educated decisions about their health care and prevent expensive and harmful late effects. We Can make a difference with WeCancer

Detailed project information for DSIC Global Awards selection

WeCancer is a new and unique way of identifying late effects and approaching cancer survivorship by utilizing social networking to reach a larger population and then taking user-input and correlating that with patient records to identify new late effects.
Who gains the most? 
Cancer survivors Then Researchers, Doctors, Pharmaceutical companies who's drugs have fewer late effects

Vote for WeCancer today. Visit

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