Karen Brown

CANSURVIVE is dedicated to the memory of:
Karen Poulsen Brown (9/29/46-9/9/96)

Karen battled Ovarian Cancer for a year and a half
before the cancer took her precious life.

CANSURVIVE was originally proposed to Needs Beyond Medicine by Chad Hurst in 2008. It was meant to serve as a means of raising awareness of the organization and to drive funds into the various programs that Needs Beyond Medicine offers. Being a cancer survivor himself and a photographer by trade, Chad yearned to capture other brave stories of cancer survivors through his photo lens as they describe in their own words what it means to be a survivor.

In 2009, with the additional resources of Heather Hurst and Needs Beyond Medicine’s CEO Philip Brown, the first CANSURVIVE gala became a reality. The initial fundraiser was held on September 24, 2009 at the Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah. This unique gallery fundraiser featured the photographs and inspirational stories of more than two dozen cancer survivors. Chad even graciously volunteered to continue photographing these amazing cancer survivors. Because of its enormous success, the Needs Beyond Medicine organization chose to continue the event as an annual fundraiser.

The CANSURVIVE gallery touches people in a way that no past event ever has before. It speaks to the need for increased support of people going through cancer treatment and the necessity of enhanced awareness towards cancer prevention. We appreciate all of the survivors who have generously donated their time and shared their inspirational stories in support of CANSURVIVE. With the help of sponsors and public donations, CANSURVIVE has the ability to further reach out into other communities and help additional people in need.

News & Updates- CANSURVIVE

Needs Beyond Medicine's Annual Fundraiser

PBS Utah Contact Segment

Interview segment with Philip Brown in regards to CANSURVIVE 2019 and Needs Beyond Medicine

Why support Needs Beyond Medicine

Attendees are interviewed from CANSURVIVE 2018 and why to support the event.

CANSURVIVE 2017 on KUED Contact

Philip Brown, Founder/CEO of Needs Beyond Medicine was discussing the upcoming CANSURVIVE event.

Fresh Living Segment on KUTV Channel 2

Interview segment with Philip Brown in regards to CANSURVIVE 2016 and Needs Beyond Medicine

CANSURVIVE 2016 on Mountain Views (PCTV)

Talking with Terry Burden on the upcoming fundraiser


Chad Hurst, CANSURVIVE photographer and Philip Brown were guests on KUTV noon show, original air date 11.11.15


Philip Brown & Kathy Commander were guest to help promote CANSURVIVE 2014 original air date 10.29.2014

CANSURVIVE 2012 Featured on KUTV

Philip Brown was featured on November 2,2012 during the noon hour

CANSURVIVE 2012 Featured on KSL

Son of cancer victim helps others through unique aid

CANSURVIVE 2012 Event Video

CANSURVIVE 2010 Was Highlighted in Deseret News

Can-do attitude: CANSURVIVE© exhibit reflects struggles, triumphs of cancer survivors

CANSURVIVE 2010 Event Video