The Caregiver Voice: Insights Into Caring For The Young Adult Colorectal Cancer Patient

I was honored to present our research based on the caregiver experience at the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Survivorship Symposium.  Speaking with cancer caregivers from across the United States was a humbling experience, and I am grateful to each of these remarkable individuals for sharing their voice and perspectives.  The Raymond Foundation understands that new and expanded caregiver support services are needed, and we look forward to continuing the conversation with our caregivers as we create meaningful programs and support services.   One of our new initiatives will launch this year on November 1, 2018 – the first annual Global Cancer Caregiver Day.  We hope you will join us for this important event as we honor, celebrate and thank our cancer caregivers.

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A Dream Come True


Stand Up To Cancer recently announced the formation of a 12 Million Dollar Dream Team to fund research and treatment in the fight against colorectal cancer.  I am humbled and honored to be included as a member of the 2017 Colorectal Cancer Dream Team.  Truly, A Dream Come True!

As I reflect on this Stand Up To Cancer research initiative, my thoughts immediately  go to all those affected by colorectal cancer -  the 135,000 individuals who will be diagnosed this year, and the 50,000 patients whose lives will be cut short in 2017 from this insidious disease.  This SU2C research and funding brings HOPE to these patients and their families and may very well be A Dream Come True.     

I know first-hand how a colon cancer diagnosis can devastate a family. Colon cancer claimed the lives of both my Mother and Father while in the prime of their lives.  For the past 25 years I’ve dedicated my life to advocating for research, improved treatment outcomes and quality of survivorship concerns.  Since my parents were diagnosed, we’ve made great strides in screening and treatment options, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us.  In honor of my parents, Margaret and Patrick Raymond, this is sincerely A Dream Come True

And, to all of us who dedicate our lives to helping those affected by this disease – healthcare professionals who work long hours in oncology centers, for caregivers who tirelessly help their loved ones, for the patients who are currently receiving treatment, for advocates who share their experiences and voice to help others, and for the researchers who work to find a cure, this award is definitely A Dream Come True.  


Learn more about the $12 million CRC Dream Team from Stand Up to Cancer

THANK YOU to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C).