The Life Raft Group’s annual holiday campaign officially launched on #GivingTuesday, November 28th, 2017. #GIVINGTUESDAY is an opportunity to come together as a community to make an impact on the lives of GIST patients by helping to ensure their survival.
On #GIVINGTUESDAY, we shared GIST Patient Bella Rocco’s story. At just seven years old, Bella was undergoing surgery after being diagnosed with cancer: a rare form of cancer called pediatric GIST. While GIST is considered a rare cancer, pediatric cases are even rarer with very limited treatment options. Although her surgery was successful, Bella experienced recurrences of her disease several years later.
LRG recently celebrated its 15-year anniversary as a non-profit organization. During that time, we have worked tirelessly to improve patients’ lives. Through our education, support and research efforts, we have been able to provide Bella and her family with information and guidance on clinical trials and available treatments that that helped to save Bella’s life. We have and will continue to be there for her and patients like her through our projects and educational initiatives. Today, Bella is thriving. She is playing field hockey, checking out colleges and traveling to Europe during her school breaks.
We need your help so we can continue to support Bella and patients like her. Over the next few weeks during this holiday season, we will continue to share with you the personal stories and dreams of some of the patients and caregivers we assist each year. We have been there for them and want to continue to be there.