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Announcing new 2018 grants

As our programs at TargetCancer Foundation continue to expand, we remain committed to our primary mission of funding innovative rare cancer research.

We are excited to announce three new grants totaling over $160,000, supporting projects that accelerate progress towards treatments for those facing rare cancers.

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Running Against Cholangiocarcinoma in the 2018 Boston Marathon

By Karen Dempsey, TargetCancer Foundation Advocacy Council Member

Though researchers classify cholangiocarcinoma as a rare cancer, we know the reach of the disease is long. With every patient diagnosed, countless friends, family members, colleagues and classmates are impacted. This year’s TargetCancer Foundation Boston Marathon team is emblematic of that impact. All three team members are running to honor someone lost to cholangiocarcinoma. Continue reading

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2018 Cholangiocarcioma Foundation Annual Conference: Life-changing, Engaging, and Emotional

By Kim Balkus, TargetCancer Foundation Advocacy Council Member

Writing a blog post after attending the 2018 Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation Annual Conference sounds like an easy task, right? Quite the contrary. I returned home from the conference almost two weeks ago. It was an amazing experience! I met new friends and connected with friends I had met at TargetCancer Foundation events in the past. I have never attended a conference with subject matter so close to my heart. I even knew that I would be writing a blog post upon my return. I have thought about the blog post and written it in my head daily since my return. Putting my experience into words has proven to be so much harder! Continue reading

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