GCRF San Jose California 2019 Walk For A Cure • October 20

Attention Northern California Walkers! The 2019 Walk For A Cure in San Jose is coming soon!
The GIST Cancer Research Fund in San Jose, California is having its 12th Annual Walk For A Cure, October 20, 2019. Liz Chew, coordinator, invites each of you to join the largest GIST Cancer event in the world! Meet GIST Doctors and researchers, patients and caregivers. Help us fight for the cure of GIST Cancer. It is being held in Almaden Lake Park, Winfield Blvd & Coleman Avenue (Almaden Expwy), San Jose, CA. Registration starts at 9:30 AM and the Walk begins at 10:30 AM. Click on this link to register or for more information go to GCRF San Jose Walk For A Cure

Special Thanks To Our 2019 GCRF San Jose Walk For A Cure Sponsor

Elisabeth Andreason, Executive Director of The Andreason Group at Morgan Stanley, a financial advising and investing group located in Walnut Creek, California, generously donated $5,000 to the 2019 San Jose Walk For A Cure. 100% of this donation will go directly to the GIST Cancer Doctors and Research labs to keep hope alive to find a cure. Thank you very much Elizabeth and Morgan Stanley!

GIST 2019 NY Walk For A Cure

The 2019 GCRF Walk For A Cure in New York was held on September 22, 2019 at Rockland Lake State Park. Thanks to all who attended and helped to save lives.

GIST - A Rare Orphan Cancer

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor or GIST is a rare, orphan cancer which starts in a type of tissue called the stromal or the body’s connective tissue (fat, muscle, blood vessels, deep skin tissues, nerves, bones or cartilage). GIST is a silent cancer often spreading before the patient has symptoms. Each year, approximately 5,000 adults in the United States alone are diagnosed with GIST Cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, many doctors misdiagnose GIST as another type of GI cancer. The lifesaving treatment for GIST is delayed and the GIST Cancer destroys lives. The overall five year survival rate of people diagnosed with a malignant tumor has been estimated to be 76%.

Looking For A GIST Cancer Doctor?

GIST is a rare form of cancer that most doctors misdiagnose or are not familiar with the appropriate treatment. If you or a loved-one is diagnosed with GIST, getting in touch with a physician who specializes in GIST Cancer is of utmost importance. These doctors and researchers deal with this disease on a daily basis and can help guide you to the right treatment.

In addition to the GIST Cancer Research Team of physicians, researchers and nurses, the following link will put you in touch with domestic and international GIST Cancer specialists.

GIST Specialists

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Honors The GCRF On Its Donor Wall in New York City

In 2012, The GIST Cancer Research Fund and Robert and Tania Stutman were honored by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for GCRF’s generous donations given for GIST Cancer Research. Their names were etched into MSKCC’s donor wall for posterity. For almost twenty years, The GIST Cancer Research Fund has been tirelessly fighting to raise funds to eradicate this deadly disease with no staff, corporate headquarters or overhead. Since 2002, the foundation has raised more than $10 million and MSK has been the beneficiary of $1.6 million. Events including walkathons, 1,000-mile Cycling for a Cure bike rides, golf outings and galas now span the nation. (Other GCRF beneficiaries include Fox Chase, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Oregon Health Sciences University Cancer Institute, and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.) At MSK, the GCRF supports the work of Dr. Antonescu and Dr. Ping Chi.

Robert and Tania Stutman join the generous philantropists including Susan G. Komen, who donate to MSKCC. The GCRF has raised $10 million dollars for GIST Cancer Research and has given 100% of these fund to finding a cure for GIST Cancer. As Tania Stutman said, ‘I’m not only battling for my life, I’m fighting for the lives of others.’”

Tania’s Story and the Formation of the GIST Cancer Research Fund

“I started with just a little website,” Tania says. “I went on local radio. I went to our local paper and told them my story.” In 2001, she held her first walkathon and raised $23,000. In 2018, the foundation has raised more than $10 million dollars and every penny has gone to GIST Cancer Research.

GCRF Proclamation

United States Senator, Charles “Chuck” Schumer graciously acknowledged the GIST Cancer Research Fund with a proclamation for the importance of the numerous contributions that the GIST Cancer Research Fund and the Walk For A Cure has made to find a cure for GIST Cancer.

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s 2019 GIST Education Conference & Luncheon

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute & the GIST Cancer Research Fund held a one‐day education conference on May 7 in Portland, Oregon. The conference highlighted the advancements in Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST) Research. Among the presenters was OHSU’s Dr. Brian Druker, developer of the drug Gleevec, Dr. Chris Corless and Dr. Michael Heinrich. A special presentation was given by Dr. Brian Druker to celebrate Tania Stuntman’s 70th birthday. After 21 years since she received her GIST Cancer diagnosis, she is still fighting and keeping hope alive.

Welcome to the Heinrich-Corless Research Lab

A look behind the scenes in the lab of Dr. Michael Heinrich and Dr. Chris Corless at the Oregon Health & Science Center/Knight Cancer Institute. Here is an overview of the current research being performed to find a cure for GIST Cancer.

Dr. Jonathan Fletcher Emphasizes Enormous Impact that GCRF has on GIST Cancer Research

Dr. Jonathan Fletcher (The Fletcher Laboratory at Brigham And Women's Hospital) emphasized the GIST Cancer Research Fund's added value of supporting GIST research. Not only that all the support flows to the research labs, but also that each gift supports important research right now ... while also enabling talented young physician-scientists to establish careers in GIST research. In that sense, all donations are truly gifts that keep on giving and have a very high impact on development of new GIST therapies.

Save Lives And Show Your Feelings About GIST Cancer

GCRF has GIST Cancer Bracelets, Ribbons and T-Shirts available for sale. By wearing and displaying them, you are spreading a message and awareness to find a cure for this rare cancer.

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Fox Chase Cancer Center Applauds GCRF For Its Generous Support

Margaret von Mehren, MD, Chief, Division of Sarcoma Medical Oncology, Lori Rink, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Martin Belinsky, Ph.D., Staff Scientist discuss the strides in finding a cure for GIST Cancer which were made possible by the GIST Cancer Research Fund.