GDOLs are free, one-day programs that provide both education and support for the GIST community. Top GIST specialists present the latest on research and treatment options and provide a comprehensive review of the science behind GIST. GDOLs provide an opportunity not only to meet and interact with local expert practitioners in an intimate setting, but also for patients to connect with one another in a supportive environment.

The first GDOL was held in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, March 30 at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Center for Health & Healing. The event was initiated by Mark Heinrich, son of Dr. Michael Heinrich, as a school service project for his senior year. Mark, who introduced the event, said that he has been inspired by the work that his father does for the GIST community as both a doctor and a scientist.