The UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (JCCF) wants to make the words “You have cancer” a little less scary for the more than 1.7 million people diagnosed with this disease in the US each year. We help “Make Cancer Less Scary” by funding the most promising research initiatives of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, creating more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and therapy.

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, and we are all adjusting to the changes.  Unfortunately, we will be unable to host our annual Make Cancer Less Scary Masquerade in person, but we are very excited to announce that we will be hosting an online art show to raise funds and awareness!


We need your help.  This year, we want to connect with as many people as possible.  The 2020 Make Cancer Less Scary campaign will begin immediately with a Call To Artists to contribute art.  Starting in September, we will post the entries on our social media (tagging and linking the artists, of course).  Our theme is Scary/Beautiful, and artists may create new works, or submit previous works that fit the theme.  Graphic designers and lettering artists are invited to create their versions of "Make Cancer Less Scary."

Categories include:
Graphic Design/Lettering
Makeup Artistry
Student Art (K-12)

All submissions will be posted here on MakeCancerLessScary.com for a public vote.  Check back for updates, or email us using our contact form, and we'll email you when the art is posted online.





The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (JCCF) was founded in 1945 by a group of volunteers dedicated to cancer research at UCLA. Their idea, using funds raised from private sources to invest in the work of promising young cancer researchers, resulted in the Seed Grant Program, which has helped the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center break new ground in the quest to defeat cancer.

Although seed grants remain an important part of our mission, the Foundation today also supports numerous high-priority and multi-disciplinary cancer research efforts focused on rapidly translating discoveries made in the laboratory into improved screening, treatment and prevention.  READ MORE...



Meet Jenn

"Being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer was the scariest thing I have ever been through, and the scariest part was the 2 weeks I spent searching for an oncologist.  I didn't even know what an oncologist was until my diagnosis, but that's beside the point! 


After meeting with two different oncologists at two different hospitals, I was more scared than ever.  My last stop was meeting  Dr. Slamon at UCLA.  I remember feeling like I was 'home' while waiting for him in the exam room, but I wasn't sure why.  He came in, introduced himself, and gave me a 20 minute examination before talking about anything. 





Partner with the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (JCCF) during our Make Cancer Less Scary(TM)  campaign this Halloween season to help make hearing the words “You have cancer” a little less scary for the more than 1.7

 million diagnosed with this disease in the United States every year. Funds raised through this event will help advance the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center’s most promising research initiatives, which can lead to new treatments that benefit patients across the country.