Research labs continually struggle to acquire enough funding to run and complete projects.
Much of the general public are unaware that labs need to continually apply for money to keep the lab running. This is very time consuming and this effort and energy should be spent on focusing on vital medical research.
Each year many labs are unsuccessful or receive suboptimal funding and consequently, one or more scientist positions are not renewed and their important projects and valuable research are put aside until their financial situations improve. When these projects are resumed often new scientists need to be trained. This is time wasting and unproductive. Therefore, money donated to research by the public is essential for the ongoing employment of talented scientists and for running cutting edge experiments using advanced technology.
The second and most important reason for donating to research is to find treatment and cures for diseases. This is impossible to achieve without funding.