Innovative Research + Funding = Hope

Innovative Research + Funding = Hope


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, a nonprofit crowdfunding 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 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  To read mine & Alan’s story, click HERE.

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2 thoughts on “Innovative Research + Funding = Hope

  1. Darryl Mitteldorf, LCSW

    Start A Cure is a donation based crowdfunding platform for funding of and building awareness about cancer research.
    1. Start a Cure focuses fundraising towards the people who want to fund research that might save their lives. With Start A Cure, researchers can reach a new audience of individual donors who have a stake in the success of cancer research.
    2. Foundations and government agencies fund less than a small percentage of cancer research, leaving literally thousands of worthy projects on the table. Start A Cure creates funding opportunities for all promising cancer research.
    3. Start A Cure is a democratic platform, where brilliant unknown PhD’s and “star” and “big name” researchers have equal opportunity to prove their projects worth to the cancer survivor community.
    Start A Cure offers a new channel towards the mass market of donors. Our platform is designed to capture public engagement in a whole new way. We know researchers and doctors have a lot to share, so we’ve built a platform that gives them a voice. We know that cancer survivors, their families, friends and supporters, have a stake in cancer research, so we created a way for them to directly support they work that they decide has the most value to them. We also know that researchers work in the dark, rarely connecting with the cancer patients whose lives they most affect. Start A Cure connects researchers and patients in their mutual fight against cancer.


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