OneWalk. One Day. GI Cancers Sept 12, 2015
I am very proud to lead the Princess Margaret Cancer GI team “the GI Joes” and I ask you to take a stand with me and my team composed of my colleagues, friends, patients and families. I will be thinking of those very special to me lost too soon to cancer: my Dad, and too many more dear to me. I am also taking inspiration daily by the amazing courage I see in my patients, their families and the dedicated team I work with.
Gastro-Intestinal Cancers includes: colon, rectal, anal, esophagus, gastric, liver, pancreas, bile ducts, gallbladder, GI neuroendocrine and small bowel cancers. Were fighting for them all!
Perhaps the complexity of this area of cancer medicine is what appeals to me and my colleagues. Providing the best care to all the tumours comprising the GI site is perhaps our greatest challenge. The many advances made in patient treatments in recent years are so gratifying to see, but we have a long way to go! I have seen firsthand the value that private and philanthropic donations bring to our research and personalised patient care strategies. A gift helps kick-start a clever pilot project to get off the ground, this in turn is used to leverage more support from granting agencies or our industry partners. Then we start to see real progress for our patients; sometimes in areas that were otherwise overlooked due to funding limits. Check out my video about fundraising for research in rarer cancers.
If we meet our ambitious fundraising goal we plan to both pilot and evaluate the impact of a special patient navigator role to further assist our GI patients through complex care plans and best research opportunities... "The OneWalk GI patient navigator"
On September 12th, 2015 my team will walk 25 kms through the streets of Toronto, united with thousands of others, knowing that together we are changing the future.