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.

On Monday, May 9, The Life Raft Group held the next stop of the GDOL series in Evanston, Illinois, on Chicago’s North Shore. NorthShore University Health System/Evanston Hospital campus hosted the evening event, which was dedicated to Chris Carley, an LRG board member and longtime Chicago resident who passed away the weekend before. Jim Hughes, LRG board member and Chicago state leader, spoke about Chris and his accomplishments, vision and support of the LRG.