During the summer of 2009, my husband was diagnosed with pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma. One year later, at the young age of 47, he died. Throughout that year, we had some of the top cancer researchers in the world working on Alan’s case. Their efforts gave us hope that we would overcome Alan’s cancer. This hope gave us the strength to get out of bed every day and enabled us to endure more pain and disappointment than I care to remember.
Despite the fact that Alan passed away, I believe that cancer is a disease that can be cured. Although much progress has been made in the war against cancer, we still have a long way to go. Medical research that is taking place right now continues to fuel my hope that one day we will live in a world with NO cancer.
CONSANO (v) to heal in Latin
Meet CONSANO.org, a nonprofit crowd funding platform (founded by breast cancer survivor Molly Lindquist) that enables individuals to donate any amount- small or large- to specific medical research projects they feel passionate about.
Here’s how CONSANO.org works:
1. Browse the list of projects & choose one (or more ) that mean something to you. All projects have been reviewed by members of Consano’s volunteer Scientific Advisory Board to ensure that a project is legitimate, easily understood, relevant, and has the potential to lead to improvements in patient care.
2. Donate any amount directly to that project. 100% of your donation (minus a 2.2% PayPal processing fee) will go directly to support that project.
3. Receive quarterly updates from the researcher through the lifecycle of the project. AMAZING!
Also check out the CONSANO blog… It features stories written by patients, family members, and friends- anyone touched by an illness. By sharing our stories, we can help provide inspiration, hope, and a strong sense of community to others navigating their own journey. If you’d like to share your story on CONSANO, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To read mine & Alan’s story, click HERE.