Personal Stories

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

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

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 cancers. This series was initiated by TargetCancer Foundation intern Alexa Parisi, who is also the author of this profile. 

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.

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