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Richard A. Bloch - Cancer Survivor

Entrepreneur, philanthropist and cancer survivor Richard A. Bloch created one of America’s most famous brands when he and his brother Henry co-founded H&R Block in 1955. But it was his personal battle with cancer in the late 1970s that led him to pursue another important quest as a passionate crusader in helping others fight and overcome the disease.

The R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation in Kansas City manages the Cancer Hotline and website. The Foundation also oversees annual Fighting Cancer Rallies to raise awareness that death and cancer are not synonymous and to encourage victims that there can be life after a cancer diagnosis. More than 700 community rallies are held simultaneously the first Sunday in June.

During the initial rally in Kansas City in June 1990, the first Richard & Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors’ Park was dedicated to Americans who have been diagnosed with cancer. Each park represents a tribute to life and contains a bronze plaque that states:

  • There is no cancer for which there is no treatment
  • There is no cancer from which someone has not been cured
  • Cancer is the most curable of all chronic diseases

Learn more about the foundation.