Personal Stories

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

A Marathon Run Against Cholangiocarcinoma

By Karen Dempsey, TargetCancer Foundation Advocacy Council Member

As Lauren Sanford and her fiancé, DJ Webster, plan their upcoming wedding — and their life together — they have much to celebrate. They’re surrounded by the love of good friends and family, and memories of their childhoods in Saugus, Massachusetts, the town where both grew up. Continue reading

Team TargetCancer Foundation 2017 Runner Profile: Daniel Rothenberg

By TargetCancer Foundation Advocacy Council Member Kim Balkus

Every marathon runner has a unique story. But very few runners not only know how to complete a 26.2 mile run, but also know their way around a scientific laboratory. Expertise in both areas gives Team TargetCancer Foundation member Daniel Rothenberg a unique perspective on the importance of the research funds he is raising through his 2017 marathon run. Continue reading

TargetCancer Foundation Gala Spotlight: Leslie Condon

TargetCancer Foundation Gala Spotlight: DJ Webster

Leading up to the 7th Annual TargetCancer Foundation Gala, we will be sharing stories and perspectives on the gala from the many people who make up the TargetCancer Foundation community.

The post below is from DJ Webster, longtime volunteer, intern, and friend of TargetCancer Foundation. Readers may recall DJ’s powerful piece written for the TargetCancer Foundation Blog in 2014. Pictured above are DJ and and his fiancé Lauren at the 2014 TargetCancer Foundation Gala.  Continue reading

TargetCancer Foundation Gala Spotlight: Jamie Dickerson and Zach Fields

Leading up to the 7th Annual TargetCancer Foundation Gala, we will be sharing stories and perspectives on the gala from the many people who make up the TargetCancer Foundation community.

The post below is from Jamie Dickerson and Zach Fields, Project Analysts at the law firm Mintz Levin in Boston. Since the first gala in 2010, the Mintz Levin Project Analyst team has been a critical part of planning each gala, and developing it into the large scale event that it is today. Jamie and Zach are pictured above at the 2015 TargetCancer Foundation Gala.  Continue reading

Patient Spotlight: Michelle Pratt

TargetCancer Foundation Gala Spotlight: Natalie Bennett

Leading up to the 7th Annual TargetCancer Foundation Gala, we will be sharing stories and perspectives on the gala from the many people who make up the TargetCancer Foundation community.

The post below is from Natalie Bennett, who earlier this year held Care for the Rare, an incredible event in California to raise awareness for rare cancers. Natalie is pictured at that event in the above photo.  Continue reading

TargetCancer Foundation Gala Spotlight: Kristen Palma Poth

Leading up to the 7th Annual TargetCancer Foundation Gala, we will be sharing stories and perspectives on the gala from the many people who make up the TargetCancer Foundation community. 

Below is a reflection from TargetCancer Foundation President Kristen Palma Poth, wife of founder Paul Poth. You can lean more about the founding of TargetCancer Foundation by reading our oral history, or by watching our video about Paul’s original mission. Kristen is pictured above speaking at the first TargetCancer Foundation Gala in 2010.  Continue reading

TargetCancer Foundation Gala Spotlight: Geri Keegan