Over the last few months we have had our new Assistant Program Director come aboard, a long time LRG staff member get married and have a mini reunion, and Fundacion GIST Mexico reached 1,000 medical students.

Welcome Mildred Menos to The Life Raft Group

Originally from Castleton, NY, Mildred completed her undergraduate degree in Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. She then pursued her Master’s in International Educational Development from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York, NY. Previous to joining us she served as assistant to the Chair of the Political Science Department at Columbia University, and most recently as Program Manager at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a think tank founded by Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz dedicated to developing world economic policy.

As the Program Department’s Assistant Director, Mildred will assist our Program Director with the implementation of the department’s initiatives and the expansion of our organization’s global presence. She will also be focusing on member outreach, providing support to our local group leaders and building connections with those looking to be more involved in their home states.  Please feel free to contact Mildred at mmenos@liferaftgroup.org.

LRG Staffers Reunite










LRG Staffers new and old reunited at the wedding of the LRG’s Events and Design Coordinator Matthew Mattioli and his partner, Anthony Cashin.


Fundación GIST Mexico reaches 1,000 medical students

FundacionLast October, Fundación GIST Mexico reached the goal of having more than 1,000 students of medicine learning about GIST in the year. In an effort to increase awareness and knowledge about GIST, Fundación GIST México has visited 10 universities and has presented a short video endorsed by the Tec de Monterrey (a recognized university) in which Dr. Eduardo Guzman Huerta, a surgical oncologist, explains everything about the diagnosis and treatment of GIST.  The process has not been easy, but with the collaboration of the universities and the support of organizations like Alianza GIST and the Life Raft Group, we have reached 1,105 students. The students are eager to learn and help GIST patients.