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The Bili Project Foundation Joins GI Cancers Alliance to Elevate Patients’ Voices Against Gastrointestinal Cancers
Twenty organizations unite to raise awareness, provide education and advocate for gastrointestinal cancers
Burbank, CA (JUNE 7, 2016) — The Bili Project Foundation joins 19 other cancer advocacy groups from around the United States to form the GI Cancers Alliance, committed to the fight against gastrointestinal cancers, which include many of the leading cancer killers.
The mission of the GI Cancers Alliance is to raise awareness, provide education and advocate for the prevention, treatment and cure of gastrointestinal cancers through a collaboration of advocacy groups, industry and institutional partners.
The groups’ organizers have come together because of a shared goal to create a stronger more unified voice in the fight against gastrointestinal cancers.
The groups’ leadership met June 4 during the ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago to elect its chairs: John Hopper, executive director of the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation, and board director of the National Pancreas Foundation; and Martha Raymond, executive director of Michael’s Mission and founder/CEO of The Raymond Foundation and Alliance co-chair.
In addition to The Bili Project Foundation, the 19 other organizations of the Alliance include Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Colon Cancer Alliance, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Beat Liver Tumors, The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, Colon Cancer Challenge, Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer, Esophageal Cancer Action Network, Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, Gastric Cancer Foundation, Global Liver Institute, Hope for Stomach Cancer, Michael’s Mission, National Pancreas Foundation, No Stomach for Cancer, The Raymond Foundation, The Ruesch Center for the Cure of GI Cancers, and Target Cancer Foundation.
The participating groups represent the various types of cancers that make up gastrointestinal cancers, or the group of cancers that affect the digestive system. This includes cancers of the esophagus, gallbladder, bile duct, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, bowel (large intestine or colon and rectum) and anus.
Lilly Oncology and Taiho Oncology are the founding industry non-voting members of the GI Cancers Alliance. They provide funding for advocacy activities and education.
The Alliance will focus on creating programs to raise general awareness about GI cancers and create resources and tools that will fill gaps for patients where they can make the largest impact.
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