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Supporter Spotlight: Care for the Rare

UPDATE! We’re happy to say that the walk was a major success, attracting over 300 people! In addition to the Gold Award project, Natalie raised close to $22,000 for TargetCancer Foundation! Please join us in congratulating Natalie on this amazing accomplishment! You can see pictures from the event here

Written by Karen Dempsey

Eighteen-year-old Natalie Bennett has spent a long time – years – waiting for the right idea to come along for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts, representing the deepest commitment and dedication to the values of the organization.

When the right idea came, it was, unexpectedly, in the midst of crisis. Continue reading

Golfing for hope again in 2016

Last year, 64 golfers turned out to participate in the first Matt Lindsay Memorial Golf Tournament held in honor of Matt Lindsay, who died of cholangiocarcinoma at age 28. Through the efforts of the Lindsay family and these 64 players, $19,000 was raised to support TargetCancer Foundation’s cholangiocarcinoma research programs. Continue reading

Our largest round of grants to date.

We are proud to announce our largest round of rare cancer grant funding to date: $200,000 in new grants supporting innovative rare cancer research, as well as a new program supporting patients facing cholangiocarcinoma. Learn more about each of these exciting new grants and programs below. Continue reading

A new Patient Assistance Fund

In 2015, research funded by TargetCancer Foundation led directly to a new cholangiocarcinoma clinical trial testing the effectiveness of dasatinib- an existing, FDA-approved treatment, currently used to treat leukemia– against a specific sub-type of cholangiocarcinoma. In addition to funding the research leading to that trial, we also provided a grant funding the costs of the trial itself. Continue reading

Team TargetCancer Foundation Runner Profile: Marie Halpin

Team TargetCancer Foundation Profile: Nicole Garceau

By Matt Carli

You can support Nicole’s 2016 Boston Marathon fundraising by making a donation, or by attending an upcoming event!

People can be incredibly brave, kind, and generous when life demands it of them. Nicole Garceau is a perfect example of this. Inspired by family and friends diagnosed with cancer, she has overcome her own personal obstacles in order to run the historic Boston Marathon for TargetCancer Foundation in 2015 and 2016. Continue reading

Two sisters’ journey against cholangiocarcinoma in the Boston Marathon

By Matt Carli

You can help the Reid sisters meet their Boston Marathon fundraising goals by donating to Alexandra or Samantha, or by attending one of their upcoming events!

Losing a loved one is one of the worst things we can experience in life. The families of those who have lost their lives to cancer know this fact all too well. But while the loss is painful, it is often what we do with that pain that is most important. For sisters Alexandra and Samantha Reid, this means taking on an incredible athletic challenge in memory of their father- running the historic Boston Marathon in 2016. Continue reading

A mother’s reflection.

A note from the author, Doreen Darsh: I will be attending Rare Disease Week (Feb 29 – Mar 3 ’16) in Washington, DC, representing TargetCancer Foundation of Boston. I was asked to submit a 500-word story about my experience with a rare disease. Here is what I was asked to include in my story. Continue reading

World Cholangiocarcinoma Day

Today, we are proud to be a partner foundation for the first ever World Cholangiocarcinoma Day, a day to raise critical awareness of this rare cancer that is increasing in incidence globally. As one of six partner foundations, we share the belief that it is only through collaboration that we can truly make progress towards raising awareness and identifying effective treatments for cholangiocarcinoma. The following are the six founding organizations, and it is our hope that many more will be added in the years to come. Continue reading

Finding your motivation to continue on- A patient story

This is the second in a series of profiles highlighting the stories of patients facing rare cancer. This series was initiated by TargetCancer Foundation intern Alexa Parisi, who is also the author of the profile below. 

***UPDATE! You may recall that this profile originally ended with Geri working to get back on her feet for a trip to Disney with her family after breaking her hip in early 2016. We are happy to say that Geri indeed recovered, and took an amazing Disney vacation with her family! You can see photos from her trip at the end of this post.

When faced with a rare cancer, it can be hard to find the hope, determination, and drive to continue the fight. Like any other challenge in life, you must find your own unique purpose that motivates you to stay positive and carry on. A positive outlook and reason for continuing on has helped Geri Keegan fight against cholangiocarcinoma for two and a half years, and has helped her remain true to herself despite the many complications that have been a result of her rare cancer. Continue reading