Many in Self Storage Industry Taking the Fight to Cancer

Posted on Jan 30 2012 - 6:37pm by Tony Gonzalez

As of January 1, 2008, there were approximately 12 million people in the United States afflicted with cancer (5.5 million men and 6.5 million women). Research into ways to treat it and hopefully (eventually) cure it one day is ongoing; the problem is that it takes a lot of money to conduct it. Luckily, there are many organizations—like a number of companies in the self storage industry—that have made it a practice to help raise funds to benefit cancer research.

One organization appears to have struck a chord with the self storage industry, Kure It Cancer Research, an organization dedicated to helping kidney cancer and underfunded cancers receive funding. Kure It was founded by Barry Hoeven, president of U.S. Storage Centers.

Over the years since Kure It was formed by Hoeven, a number of self storage companies have held charity drives to raise funds to go towards the fight against cancer. One recent fund-raising effort conducted by and many of its members raised $5,500 at the site’s last auction of the fall.

“We were overwhelmed by the past success of the auction and are very proud that the amount raised by this year’s auction, $5,500, exceeded last year’s total raised. We can’t wait until this fall to see what we and our member facilities can do to beat the $5,500…,” said Michael Kucera, President and Founder of

A check will be presented to Kure It at the Inside Self Storage World Expo in Las Vegas on March 15, 2012.

The Florida Self Storage Association has announced that it will be entering the fight against cancer on behalf of Kure It as well. FSSA voted it to be the organizations sole charity and will be promoting Kure It to its members as well as informing them of some of the many programs already in existence that are being used by self storage companies to help raise funds for the cause.

“The partnership with the Florida Self Storage Association will be good for Kure It, as we look to extend our base of support to other states. We’re grateful to the Board of Directors and the many members of the association for making cancer research a priority,” said Hoeven.

Since it was founded in 2007, Kure It has been able to raise over $1 million to benefit cancer research.

Sources Used:

“Florida Self Storage Association Joins the Fight Against Cancer.” PRWeb; 30 January 2012.

“Self Storage Website’s Annual Fundraiser Exceeds 2011 Donations to Kure-It Cancer Research.” PRWeb; 25 January 2012.