Private donation. Got it.Not most of the proceeds, no. Honestly, all the garbage "cancer awareness" merchandise mostly goes to benefit the companies that mass produce them, not the any sort of research. The whole month of October, for example, is all about profiting off the suffering of breast cancer sufferers. A good portion of the "charities" spend more money paying their employees than they do actually donating anything to research. (I'm looking at you, Susan G. Komen. And by "looking," I mean "side-eyeing the hell out of you.") Funding research is great, but you're much better off making a private donation rather than going through a charity. And in the case of No Shave November, how many people do you think actually donate anything to cancer research? I'm willing to bet it's not a lot.
You also know what "finding a cure" doesn't fix? People who can't fucking afford their treatments. Instead of buying a bunch of tacky decals for your car or harmful "Save the Tatas!" t-shirts, why don't *you do something that actually helps people? Start a fundraiser for someone in your community who can't afford their chemo treatments. Volunteer with your local cancer care center to drive people to and from their treatments (because once someone has sat for hours getting chemo, they literally cannot drive themselves home). Supporting research and raising awareness are all really great, but they don't help the people who are suffering right now. No amount of blue ribbons are going to drive my friend to her chemo treatments for her colon cancer. No amount of "Save Second Base" t-shirts are going help the multiple women I've seen die in the past year of breast cancer because they couldn't afford to keep up with their treatments.
I work with these people every day and I see the reality of it.
Edit: One last thing, your donation to research doesn't change the number of people whose insurance companies drop them due to them having cancer. This happens quite frequently in the U.S. and it's a death sentence for a lot of people.