About Us

Our Mission

Our mission at the USA Cancer Foundation is to provide relief to those who suffer from cancer and to support cancer research groups to find cures to save lives.
Please take a moment and read the touching story behind the USA Cancer Foundation foundation on this page.

Who we are, what we do, and how we can help

The USA Cancer Foundation was founded and incorporated under State of Maryland law as a non-profit organization and approved by the IRS as a charity organization. We are dedicated to fight cancer through awareness, prevention, and early detection for tens of millions of patients and their families who are at risk. The USA Cancer Foundation is one of the few cancer charity organizations that directly provide relief nationwide to those victims who have been affected by cancer. While our goal is to improve people’s health and reduce cancer rates through awareness and early detection, we are gathering local and national support through fundraising to invest in a variety of research to find cures and save lives.

Together we can FIND A CURE

The Story Behind The USA Cancer Foundation

The motivation and passion to start a cancer charity organization began when, in November of 2006, I lost my younger and only sister, Ana, in an emotional battle of breast cancer. It was devastating news for Ana and my family when Ana was told by her oncologist that she only had about 3 more months to live!

Ana and I grew up in a middle class family in Gaithersburg, Maryland. We were very close, not only as sister and brother, but we were very good friends as well. Ana was pretty, kind, sociable, understanding, charming, and a family-oriented girl. I can confidently claim that almost everyone who knew Ana, regardless of class, gender, race, or age, loved her. My parents and I were always proud of her. Ana married to her college sweetheart, Matthew Guiser, and their daughter, Isabel, was born in October of 2003.

During 2004, when Ana was 32 years old, her doctor found a lump in her right breast. Her doctor then referred her to an oncologist. The oncologist later advised her that there was nothing to worry about and told her that "the lump is either a fatty tissue or a cyst which is non-cancerous and that usually occurs in women under the age of 40." However, her oncologist’s claim was incorrect because a few weeks later, the same lump had grown in size, the skin had become reddish and painful, and she sought another oncologist for second opinion. Later, Ana went through a biopsy and lumpectomy procedure based on the second oncologist’s opinion, and the lump was cancerous! So, lesson number one: always seek a second opinion.

By the time, the lump was removed from her right breast; cancer had already spread to her other organs including lungs and lymph nodes. She then had to go through several different chemotherapies in order to save her life. But all those treatments couldn’t help her in the end. Finally, Ana lost the battle to cancer and passed away when she was 35 years old. Her only child, Isabel, was then only 3 years old.

I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that my parents don’t think about my sister. My father still wonders and asks himself questions, such as, “Could something else have been done to save Ana's life before it was too late and out of control?” and “Could there have been other options available to cure and save her life?”

Throughout her illness, Ana always remained strong, hopeful with the belief that she would beat her cancer. I remember at various occasions, when Ana was watching my mother’s emotional face and tearful eyes, Ana always said, “Mom, don’t worry. I will not die until Isabel is grown and has gone to college, and I will be at her wedding.”

My mother also was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in the middle of 2003. But the good news is that after going through lumpectomy procedure, radiation, and hormone therapy, she is a cancer survivor. Three of my uncles have died because of liver cancer, leukemia, and prostate cancer.

According to estimates published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, currently more than 1500 Americans each day die due to cancer.

Ana and her daughter Isabel

A Message from the Founder

The USA Cancer Foundation would like to thank all your support toward our goal, which is to provide relief to cancer victims and to support cancer research groups to find cures to save lives. At the USA Cancer Foundation, we are dedicated to fight and eradicate cancer through awareness, prevention, and early detection.

I strongly believe that, with people’s support, much more can be done today for a brighter tomorrow. With your support, we can win the battle against cancer!

In memory of my sister, Ana, I am committed to fight and eliminate cancer forever. Together, let’s act now, fight cancer, find cures, save lives, and make a difference!

With love, kindness, and appreciation,
Tony Afkhami
Founder and Chairman of the USA Cancer Foundation

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Tony Afkhami