Our Good News Holiday Campaign is the culmination of our year of “Time to Tell the Stories 2022.” In this series, we celebrate the connections, the celebrations, the events and milestones that we’ve been privileged to be a part of this year. Our 20th anniversary year is winding down and we are wrapping it up by spreading good news & gratitude throughout the season. Your financial donations and selfless volunteerism are what enable us to continue providing vital services to our GIST community.

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Dear All,

Are you aware how far the reach of the Life Raft Group extends? As the Volunteer Director of US GIST Mentors, I have the privilege of communicating with patients from all around the United States. With that reach, we also face significant challenges: access to medications and treatment, and often the barriers that come with economic and political issues.

Why do I choose to take on these challenges? When I was finally diagnosed correctly and could start the correct treatment, I just wanted to live, and didn’t want to hear anything related to cancer, but as time went on, I realized how fortunate I had been, and how important it is to have support and help while navigating the challenges of survival. I felt that I needed to do something to help others. This is how I found and started collaborating with The Life Raft Group.

Helping patients to find a GIST specialist, connecting them with a mentor, guiding them to have mutational testing done, and letting them know that we are here for them has been a real gift for me and has made me feel that I have received a lot more than what I have given. Helping patients to look to the future with eyes of hope has been priceless! Each time I get to help a patient, I am grateful for organizations like The Life Raft Group and specially, for being part of it.

But with so many challenges facing non-profits today, I am asking you to help us to continue extending a helping hand for those GIST patients and caregivers who may feel alone.

Won’t you please consider donating to the LRG today?

Thank you. I am grateful for the help of people like you.
–  Santy DiSabatino, LRG Board Treasurer

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