• How is it that people with cancer end up on a mailing list, for everyone and their mother looking for donations for cancer?

    Asked by FreeBird on Monday, November 19, 2012

    How is it that people with cancer end up on a mailing list, for everyone and their mother looking for donations for cancer?

    The latest one in the mailbox is from Memorial Sloan Kettering looking for a donation, and offering a free tote bag or flashlight with donation of $35 or more, with an option to give it as a memorial gift of $500 or more, and a checkbox, "I have included MSKCC in my will." I don't know about you, but we're scraping bottom here. Sloan Kettering is a great cancer center, but who shares all this information?

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Is anyone else receiving these?

      almost 5 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      I think we've received a few. I don't mind donating to The American Cancer Soceity through The Relay for Life but other than that, I prefer to help out in local/community fundraisers for those battling cancer. I'm actually playing in a golf tournament in two weeks which should be interesting considering I suck at golf.

      almost 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      This time remember to shave your legs. You'll get more money, and the aerodynamics will be better for your golf swings.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Modern's Avatar
      Modern

      I haven't gotten anything about donations

      almost 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      It doesn't bother me that they're asking for help. It does bother me that someone is adding people to lists, especially if their personal information, complete with health problems are being sold.

      almost 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      He also has been receiving a lot of direct marketing for funeral services, which I try to take and dump before dad sees them because we just don't need to see it everyday.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      There is a place for everything and the place for those things is the circular file. I've seen it before, donate to one thing and everyone tries to pile on. Probably, you gave money to a worthy cause and the cause sold their list of donors to raise even more money for the cause. The way I see it, I can't support everyone so I support a very few. I like to think I can give more because I don't spread it around so much.

      Wait until somebody dies. The vultures come out in force.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      My mother in law, who used to live with us and is inw in a care facility with dimentia, used to respond to all sorts of unsolicited mail offers, particularly any one that siad she one money. Unless we iontercepted the mail it was hard to stop her. It seems to me that they tend to pick on the weak with thisa stuff. Best thing is to respond to as few things as possible and if you wnat to donate to a group do it outside thier direct marketing campaigns. In many cases the mailings that offer free gifts with donations give a small percentage of the donation to actually do good things (the tote and flashlight are not really free). Research who you are giving to throughly and also be careful on line with websites that ask you to "register". I use a through away E-mail address for them to control the spam in my primary E-mail box.

      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      I don't think any of those solicitations have anything to do with having cancer. There are companies in the business of selling mailing lists. The "prime suckers" on those lists are people that mail order anything from magazines to medications or have responded to any mail or phone marketing for products, services, or charitable contributions. I make a point of never responding to any solicitation and as a result, I'm not on a lot of mailing lists. I do make charitable contributions and I do buy products via mail order, but I always initiate the transaction rather than respond to a solicitation.

      almost 5 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub (Best Answer!)

      Okay. Please explain the mailing lists I'm on. Everything is related to pregnancy and handling a new baby. I've started receiving "BabyTalk" Magazine, and have received numerous coupons for discount birth announcements. I get all sorts of baby ads. And no, I haven't even been buying baby gifts. By the way, I'm 60, and have had all applicable apparatus removed. Not to mention, my husband's connections were "severed", so if I'm pregnant, something odd is going on!

      almost 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Haha. Congratulations on your new addition. I read that some stores gather data on people based on their purchasing habits. They try to predict when someone is pregnant. That's valuable information when someone's about to have a new addition to their family. Lots of money to be spent. I wonder if you bought some things at the pharmacy while you were sick that triggered that.

      almost 5 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar
      PhillieG

      I get them too. Once you're on the Internet and join 1 group or put your email "out there" you're fair game. There are companies that search for email addresses then sell them to Data-Mining Companies. But have no fear! I always get emails that tell me "So-and-So left 10,000,000.00 in their will to ME but all I have to do is send $10,000 USD to Nigeria as a show of trust".
      I'm sure you're as "lucky" as I am!
      :-)

      almost 5 years ago

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