27. October 2016 · Comments Off on Team Turano: Walking For A Cure & Making A Difference · Categories: Uncategorized

GCRF is grateful for the Turano Family and their courageous fight again GIST Cancer. We thank them for their generous support and making a difference in the lives of GIST patients everywhere. We ask everyone to keep Angelo, GIST patients and families in your thoughts and prayers.

For the Turano Family, the GIST Cancer Research Walk For a Cure was personal. Angelo Turano was diagnosed with GIST cancer in 2008. Between that time and 2015, he endured three surgeries to remove GIST tumors. In August of this year, Angelo was diagnosed again with a reoccurrence of GIST. After learning of his most recent diagnosis, the Turano family was devastated. But after a few weeks, they made a decision to stay optimistic and concentrate on something positive. They began by doing some research on GIST Cancer and in doing so, found the GIST Cancer Walk For A Cure in New York.
The doctor treating Angelo is Dr. Ron DeMatteo and he often speaks of the GCRF Walk. Angelo, his wife, Karen and their two children immediately made the decision to participate in the 2016 Walk for a Cure. Not only would they walk but also, they made a concerted effort to raise money for the walk in only three weeks time.
Karen took charge and decided to use the most efficient way to quickly communicate to family and friends. She sent out text messages inviting them to participate in the walk as well. Two weeks prior to the walk, Karen and her sisters brainstormed on how to raise money in such a short time. “We thought about having a fundraiser dinner but our concern was the short notice. First, can we pull it off? And second, would people come? My sister, Chrissy, said that we should just invite everyone we know and see who can make it,” Karen said. It was a great idea. They invited family members and close friends for a dinner at the Turano house the following weekend and asked for donations for the GIST Cancer Research Fund in honor of Angelo. They were determined to raise funds for the walk.
Everyone was assigned a task, whether it was shopping, making centerpieces, cooking, setting up the tables and chairs, decorating, donating prizes, cleaning up, etc.  All of the Turano family and friends came together and contributed to the success of what turned out to be an amazing event. “Never would I have imagined the turnout we had. We ended up with over 100 people at our home honoring Angelo and when it was over, we raised over $7,500.00,” commented Karen.

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Every member of Team Turano who participated in the Walk and even some who couldn’t make it, reached out to all of their extended family, friends, business partners and coworkers to raise additional donations. In total, over $13,000.00 was raised. This was truly an amazing effort by one family to make a difference in the fight to find a cure for GIST Cancer. Of course, the Turano Family has decided to make this an annual event to help raise the much-needed funds for GIST Cancer research.

03. October 2016 · Comments Off on GIST Cancer Research Fund • Walk For A Cure • 2016 · Categories: Uncategorized

On behalf of GCRF and its Board of Directors, we wish to thank all of you who attended and supported the GIST Walk For A Cure in New York. Here are some highlights of this year’s Walk For A Cure. If you didn’t attend, please remember to be generous and donate to fight GIST Cancer.

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06. September 2016 · Comments Off on A Message of Thanks: Jonathan A. Fletcher, MD · Categories: Uncategorized

Jonathan A. Fletcher, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

An update and message of thanks for the GIST Cancer Research Fund from Jonathan A. Fletcher, MD, and his team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital: (in order of appearance) Nacef Bahri, Alexandra Lauria, Meijun Zhu, MD, Bin Li, MD, PhD, Stacy Yanofsky, Armelle Dufresne, MD, PhD, Wenbin Ou, PhD, and Anastasios (Tasos) Kyriazoglou, MD, PhD.

A Message of Thanks

07. August 2016 · Comments Off on Fox Chase Cancer Center & GCRF · Categories: Uncategorized

This video highlights advances in research and treatment for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors made at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Fox Chase is grateful to the GIST Cancer Research Fund and its founders, Tania and Robert Stutman, for their generous support. In the video, Martin Belinkey, PhD, Staff Scientist, Lori Rink, PhD, Assistant Professor and Margaret von Mehren, MD, Dept. of Hematology/Oncology share some of the advances made over the past year, as well as what they will pursue in the coming year with this financial support.

The research studies by Martin Belinkey and Lori Rink can be found in the links below:

Somatic loss of function mutations in neurofibromin 1 and MYC associated factor X genes identified by exome-wide sequencing in a wild-type GIST case

Combination of Imatinib Mesylate and AKT Inhibitor Provides Synergistic effects in Preclinical Study of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor

22. June 2016 · Comments Off on Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – GIST Cancer Research Fund · Categories: Uncategorized

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Presentation To The GIST Cancer Research Fund

March 30, 2016

GIST Presentation

24. March 2016 · Comments Off on GIST Education Conference and Luncheon • Portland, Oregon · Categories: Uncategorized

The 2016 GCRF Conference and Luncheon at Oregon Health and Science University’s Knight Cancer Institute was held on May 10, 2016. The labs of Dr. Michael Heinrich, Dr. Christopher Corliss and Dr. Brian Druker are relentless in their dedication to advancing treatment options for patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) and other cancers. The teams are actively working on a variety of projects that are yielding promising results:
The search for a master key
Strategies to decrease KIT production
Identifying new types of GIST
Establishing model systems for SDH-deficient GIST to test new strategies

Dr. Michael Heinrich gave a presentation which include a review of the the projects he and his team of researchers are currently working on at OHSU.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in the 2016 Annual GCRF Conference and Luncheon. It was wonderful to see so many of you and we hope you found a sense of community, patient support and helpful information at this event. Additionally, we want to thank the GCRF for their incredibly generous donation. With your amazing fundraising efforts, we are able to continue to work hard to find a cure for this devastating disease.

Please click on the following link to view the presentations from the Conference:
Video of Dr. Heinrich’s Research Presentation

04. March 2016 · Comments Off on GIST Cancer Research Fund Presentation • Wed., March 30, 2016 · Categories: Uncategorized

GISTInvite3_30_2016 Please Attend the: GIST Cancer Research Fund Presentation, Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 3pm at Rockefeller Research Laboratories, Room 104. Speakers: Cristina R. Antonescu, MD, “Update in Pediatric and Wild Type GIST Research” Ping Chi, MD, PhD, “Clinical Experience of Targeting ETV1 in Advanced GIST” Ronald P. DeMatteo, MD, FACS, “Immune Therapy for GIST” Please RSVP by Friday, March 25 to Audrey Williams Email: william7@mskcc.org • Telephone: 646-227-3531