Cancer of Many Colors expands reach with 501(c)(3) status, additional fundraisers

Volunteers at Cancer of Many Colors are approaching the annual Evening of Hope celebration, and they’ve stood far from idle since last year’s fundraiser. The Lexington-based nonprofit, led by cancer survivor Paulette Criscione, has earned 501(c)(3) status and grown its calendar of events to gather more donations for Midlands families.

Cancer of Many Colors celebrated its 501(c)(3) status by joining the Greater Lexington Chamber. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Cancer of Many Colors celebrated its 501(c)(3) status by joining the Greater Lexington Chamber. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Criscione has been able to expand Cancer of Many Colors’ board of directors and base of volunteers with the support of the local community. She also has organized new sports-themed fundraisers like the upcoming Shoot for a Cure through her connections as the sports marketing director at the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission.

Cancer of Many Colors was born out of the Criscione family’s experiences with cancer, from Paulette’s battle with breast and lung cancer to her brother Jay’s throat and bile duct cancer diagnosis. Paulette’s father and other brother Richard also were diagnosed with cancer.

Criscione said she specifically founded her nonprofit to bring awareness to all types, or “colors,” of cancer and to support patients going through different stages of treatment. Cancer of Many Colors is designed to meet the everyday needs of patients like transportation costs, utility bills, groceries and lodging for out-of-town doctor’s appointments.

“One of the hard and difficult realities of cancer is the cost of treatment. There are often unforeseen and unexpected expenses, and even the best health insurance won’t cover it all. For too many people, the costs are so high that a person may decide to stop treatment early or perhaps not get it at all,” Criscione said. “It brings us the greatest joy to help provide help and support so that individual can focus on treatment.”

The fourth annual Evening of Hope returns to Private Property Restaurant in Lexington on May 21. Guests will enjoy music from The Catalinas, beer and wine, food from the local eatery, and a hand-painted wine glass to take home. 

Cancer of Many Colors works with Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Cancer Care Fund to distribute donations to local patients. Proceeds from this year’s Evening of Hope will reach patients with assistance from the foundation.

Cancer of Many Colors volunteers also have organized a series of tournaments to raise money through friendly competition. The 6th Love for a Cure tennis tournament, held annually in memory of Jay Criscione, takes place May 1 though May 3 at the Lexington County Tennis Complex on Oak Drive.

Criscione also is gathering interest in two new softball and basketball tournament fundraisers, Pitch for a Cure and Shoot for a Cure. She said Cancer of Many Colors plans to work with other qualified foundations to distribute proceeds from the sports-themed events, but she said the money always will benefit Midlands families.

“Anything we raise will stay in the local community,” she said.

More information on donating and upcoming events can be found at

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