Sunday, October 20, 2013
In 2007, Irene Wing began and coordinated the San Jose WALK FOR A CURE. She continued in that role until she lost her courageous battle with GIST. Her friend Liz Chew, in an effort to honor Irene's memory, took over the event and has continued the effort to help erradicate this devastating disease.
All funds raised go to GCRF to assist in the fight against GIST. It is the goal of the GCRF to provide patient support, generate awareness for GIST and raise funds to support continued research to expand the development and access of important life-saving therapies. GIST is a cancer that has no cure and afflicts thousands of people annually. With your help, research has helped to prolong and improve the quality of life for those coping with this cancer. We can't do it without you! Thank you for your support!
Join us again this year in New York to raise funds for GIST Cancer Research – our biggest event of the Year! Help us find a cure and bring hope, strength and determination to GIST patients waiting for a miracle.
- Registration (9:30 -10:30) Walk begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct 14th
- Location: Rockland Lake State Park (Lot 1 North Side), Congers, NY
- Guest celebrity and surprises.
- Free hot lunch served to all walkers.
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 23, 2012 – For the seventh year in a row, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partner with UPMC CancerCenter, have received funding from the GIST Cancer Research Fund – a patient-driven organization that funds research on gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). These tumors occur in the gastrointestinal tract and initially can be successfully treated with the targeted therapy drug Gleevec, but rapidly develop resistance to the treatment.
Novartis drug Gleevec® shows significant overall survival benefit for patients with GIST after three years of adjuvant treatment vs. one year
- Data show 66% recurrence-free survival and 92% overall survival at five years following three years of adjuvant therapy with Gleevec in patients with resected KIT+GIST1
- First large Phase III clinical trial to demonstrate survival benefits of extended treatment with Gleevec for three years compared to one year following surgery1
- Important finding for treatment of GIST patients who are
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Our fund raising walk for GIST will be held on April 14, 2012 In Yakima WA.
In the meantime we will hold a drawing for a personally made quilt which was donated to GCRF and we will be selling tickets at $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. We will announce the winner in October in time to use it during the cool weather. We will contact you if you are the winner and will make sure that you receive it.
You can purchase tickets by sending a check made out to GCRF. You will receive your ticket stubs and a receipt for your donation by return mail. Send checks to Mrs. Tempest Sanborn 132 Maru Ave. Selah, WA 98942.
The second annual GIST "Find the Cure" fundraiser held at the Riverview Restaurant in Oakdale, NY
on April 28th raised over $13,000 to help in our battle against this devastating disease. We would like to thank Eleanor Svedi and all those who helped her put on this event. The commitment they have shown in creating a greater awareness of this disease is appreciated by all those whose lives have been affected by GIST.
Rock Out for a Cure!!! GIST Benefit Concert
The GIST Benefit Concert held in Sunnyvale, CA on January 30th raised $6,000 for the cause. Our sincere thanks go out to Christy & Ginny Henzi and family (and of course good friends) who put this event together. And of course a big thank you to those who attended and donated so generously.
And of course our thanks and best wishes go out to Jim Henzi, who was diagnosed with GIST in 2000. After a 9 year battle and 3 surgeries, he is currently cancer free and we all want to keep it that way!!!
More information can be found at http://jrhgist.webs.com