Support and Collaboration for the NCCN Foundation®
Marcie R. Reeder, MPH, Assistant Director NCCN Foundation<sup>®</sup>
This spring, the NCCN Foundation®, which, through private philanthropy, advances the mission of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of care provided to patients with cancer, is celebrating new collaborations and resources.
NCCN Foundation® Board
In March 2013, the NCCN Foundation® Board welcomed its newest members: John Greene and Dr. Thomas D'Amico. Mr. Greene, a cancer survivor, is the Senior Director of Customer Centric Engineering at Salesforce.com. Mr. Greene and his team ensure customer success by triaging, troubleshooting, and debugging complex customer issues on the Salesforce.com platform. In November 2010, Mr. Greene was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and underwent a successful stem cell transplant. After returning to work full-time in September 2011, Mr. Greene led Salesforce.com in raising more than $60,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLC) annual Light The Night Walk in San Francisco—and nearly tripled that amount in 2012.
Dr. Thomas D'Amico is the Chief Medical Officer, Professor and Vice Chairman of Surgery, Program Director and Section Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Duke Cancer Institute. He is also the former Chairman of the NCCN Board of Directors, as well as a member of the NCCN Guidelines Steering Committee and the NCCN Guidelines Panels for Esophageal/Gastric and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancers, Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, and Thymomas and Thymic Carcinoma.
"The NCCN Foundation looks forward to the contributions of its two newest board members," said Patricia J. Goldsmith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NCCN. "Mr. Greene brings a unique voice as a cancer survivor, and Dr. D'Amico's rich history with NCCN and tireless support of the NCCN mission will serve the NCCN Foundation Board very well."
New NCCN Resources
In February 2013, the NCCN Foundation unveiled the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults. According to the LIVESTRONG Foundation, more than 70,000 young adults, ages 15 through 39, are diagnosed with cancer each year, and the survival rates for young adults have not increased since 1975, unlike the dramatic improvement seen in children and older adults. These patients face a unique set of challenges, such as reentry into school or the workforce, insurance coverage issues, infertility resulting from treatment, neurocognitive effects, and secondary malignancies.
With support from the LIVESTRONG Foundation and through collaboration with Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance, NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Caring for AYA were developed to provide patients between the ages of 15 and 39, as well as their families and caregivers, with state-of-the-art cancer treatment information in easy-to-understand language. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Caring for AYA cover topics pertinent to AYA patients, including, but not limited to, dealing with a diagnosis, preparing for the future and possible post-treatment fertility issues, understanding treatment options, coping with side effects, and moving beyond treatment.
Pay It Forward
Printed copies of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients® are supplied to patients with cancer, their families, and caregivers through donations to the NCCN Foundation. As the NCCN Foundation seeks to fund an ever-increasing library of NCCN Guidelines for Patients®, a new initiative has been launched to allow supporters to Pay It Forward. Each donation received by the NCCN Foundation helps to provide free printed copies of NCCN Guidelines for Patients® to patients and their caregivers. Tax-deductible gifts can be made online through our website at NCCN.com or checks can be mailed to the NCCN Foundation, 275 Commerce Drive, Suite 300, Fort Washington, PA 19034.
The NCCN Foundation has received a variety of testimonials from patients, caregivers, and supporters describing how vital the NCCN Guidelines for Patients® can be for individuals affected by cancer.
"Thanking you in advance…this book is wonderful and, in my opinion, every woman should have it that has Breast Cancer....it is so comforting to find the information that our doctors do not always give us. I will be forwarding a contribution to Fort Washington when I receive the guideline...a very worthy donation to a great organization! Thank you again." - Sincerely, Mary Jo Hawks, regarding the NCCN Guidelines for Patients® for Breast Cancer
"I believe your 100-page Prostate Cancer NCCN Guidelines for Patients is the best one of its type for the newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient and his family that I have reviewed in the last 10 years. I am also a 10-year prostate cancer survivor." - Best regards, Bill Doss, regarding the NCCN Guidelines for Patients® for Prostate Cancer
Look for further updates about the NCCN Foundation in upcoming issues of NCCN eBulletin. To learn more about the NCCN Foundation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.