Martha Raymond is the Founder and CEO of The Raymond Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Raymond Foundation was established in 1985 in memory of Margaret and Patrick Raymond, Martha’s parents, who both passed away from colon cancer.
Martha is a professional focus group designer and facilitator, and holds advanced graduate certifications in Hospice and Palliative Care; Gerontology; and Patient Navigation. She is an active member of several professional societies, including: the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO); the New York Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition (C5); the New York State Cancer Detection and Education Program Advisory Council; the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer (CGA-ICC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table (NCCRT). Read More
For over twenty-five years, Martha has been a passionate and active advocate for colon cancer education, screening, outreach and awareness. She serves as the Co-Chair of the GI Cancers Alliance and currently is the Executive Director at Michael’s Mission headquartered in New York City.
Martha is a frequent speaker, faculty member and moderator for many organizations and symposiums. Most recently she participated in the ‘Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Summit’ hosted by the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; the ‘Fighting A Smarter War Against Cancer Summit’ hosted by The Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers; ‘The Early-Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Education Summit’ hosted by MD Anderson Cancer Center; and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s Familial History Summit.
As a signature Raymond Foundation initiative, Global Colon Cancer Survivor Day® was established as a day to celebrate the lives of colon cancer survivors and pay tribute to those who have lost their battle to this disease. Global Colon Cancer Survivor Day® is celebrated annually on March 1st with organizations from around the globe partnering with The Raymond Foundation. Read Less
Margaret-Ann is a passionate advocate for colon cancer education and overall gastrointestinal wellness. As a frequent public speaker, she works with many organizations to help raise awareness and education, including the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation, the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, and Michael’s Mission. Read More
Margaret-Ann coordinated outreach efforts on behalf of the Bayer Healthcare sponsored National Colon Cancer Prevention Tour, speaking at numerous events from coast to coast, concluding with a memorable Honolulu event in March 2015. Margaret-Ann was a featured speaker at the Colon Cancer Alliance 2013 National Conference in Miami, and was honored for her advocacy efforts by Alive & Kickin’ at their annual 2014 Blue Genes Bash. Since 2009, Margaret-Ann has sung the National Anthem at the Colon Cancer Challenge event at both Citi Field and Central Park. Among her favorite outreach events is ringing the NASDAQ closing bell for colon cancer awareness month.
Margaret-Ann studied Broadcast Journalism at New York University and The New York Film Academy. She completed on-camera reporting internships at “Good Day New York” for WNYW, FOX 5 New York, and for News 12 Long Island. She was later hired by WNYW, FOX 5 New York, as a field reporter and producer, alongside working production with Good Day New York. Margaret-Ann is currently a Harvard University student with a concentration in Social Anthropology. Read Less