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TARGETCANCER FOUNDATION GALA SPOTLIGHT: JONATHAN THE PAINTER

Leading up to the 8th Annual TargetCancer Foundation Gala, we will be sharing stories and perspectives on the gala from many of the people who make up the TargetCancer Foundation community. 

At the 2017 Gala, we are incredibly fortunate to have a special guest joining us: Jonathan Zuker, also known as Jonathan the Painter. Jonathan will be live painting a scene at the Gala, and at the end of the night we will auction off the completed painting.  Continue reading

TARGETCANCER FOUNDATION GALA SPOTLIGHT: A QUILTING COLLABORATION

Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the many people who offer to share their diverse talents by donating an auction item in support of our gala. Each item, whether it is a wellness class, a cooking experience, or a unique piece of photography or art, is donated with a very personal spirit of generosity and caring.

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TARGETCANCER FOUNDATION GALA SPOTLIGHT: AN UNFORGETTABLE CULINARY EXPERIENCE

Leading up to the 8th Annual TargetCancer Foundation Gala, we will be sharing stories and perspectives on the gala from many of the people who make up the TargetCancer Foundation community. 

In this post, Emily talks about using her “Forage and Farm on Martha’s Vineyard” item that she won in the 2016 gala auction. We are grateful to Emily and award winning chef and generous donor Chris Fischer for so generously supporting TargetCancer Foundation!  Continue reading

TARGETCANCER FOUNDATION GALA SPOTLIGHT: LISA CRAINE

Leading up to the 8th Annual TargetCancer Foundation Gala, we will be sharing stories and perspectives on the gala from many of the people who make up the TargetCancer Foundation community. 

Lisa Craine is a patient advocate, a patient mentor, and a cholangiocarcinoma survivor. TargetCancer Foundation was fortunate to have her as a featured speaker at the 2016 Gala. Pictured above are Lisa and TargetCancer Foundation volunteer Jamie Dickerson.  Continue reading

TARGETCANCER FOUNDATION GALA SPOTLIGHT: A FUTURE FASHION MOGUL

Leading up to the 8th Annual TargetCancer Foundation Gala, we will be sharing stories and perspectives on the gala from many of the people who make up the TargetCancer Foundation community. 

In this post, Lauren (age 12) talks about using her “Day as a Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Designer in New York” item that she won in the 2016 gala auction.  Continue reading

Eight years.

The following post is written by Kristen Palma Poth, TargetCancer Foundation President

Eight. It is a number that carries a meaning for me that I never could have imagined or predicted. The eighth month, August, is the month that I lost my husband Paul at age 39 to the vicious and rare cancer known as cholangiocarcinoma. While August has always carried some angst- the end of summer, the anticipation of the approaching school year- it now burdens me with the memories of our last weeks together and his last days of life. They are memories that I mercifully never think about during the rest of the year. My brain has become expertly skilled at letting in information, thoughts, and memories only as needed, a clear survival technique of the subconscious. But that same brain works on a calendar and as it turns to the eighth month my brain and body feel and remember. Continue reading

A New Rare Cancer Partnership

How do you define a rare cancer?

This is one the most commonly asked questions we receive- and the answer isn’t a simple one. While the default factor cited usually involves the number of patients affected by the disease, that can vary dramatically, from as few as a handful of people a year to as many as 20,000. As a result, the most definitive criteria are often determined by the treatment and research landscape: Continue reading

Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill 2017

Citizen Advocacy – DC legislators welcome our passionate voices during Rare Disease Week 2017

by Bill Drake, TargetCancer Foundation Advocacy Council Member and Rare Disease Advocate 

While my esophageal cancer remains in a state of remission, I’ve been seeking opportunities to help support the efforts of organizations like TargetCancer Foundation. Continue reading

Endurance Test: Overcoming Obstacles in the Run to Support TargetCancer

By Karen Dempsey, TargetCancer Foundation Advocacy Council Member

How do you push through injury, illness, and a bitter cold winter to train for your first marathon?

For Martin Arts, the answer is straightforward: He promised he’d do it. Continue reading

Keytruda – what a 40% response rate has meant to me.

By Bill Drake, TargetCancer Foundation Advocacy Council Member

On September 11, 2013 I was diagnosed with an adenocarcinoma malignant tumor on my esophagus at my GI junction, inside my GI specialist’s office on Cape Cod. I was there for my routine “over 50” colonoscopy. Continue reading