Help us bring awareness and education about GIST to your friends and family and by joining us in celebrating GIST Awareness Day!
GIST Awareness Day was created in 2014 to call attention to those impacted with GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor), an often neglected cancer of the gastrointestinal tract that affects approximately 5,000 new people in the US every year.
GIST Awareness Day is celebrated on July 13th every year. July is sarcoma awareness month, and since GIST is a sarcoma, we decided to combine our celebration with this. We chose the 13th, because 13 people are diagnosed with GIST each day.
This year, our biennial Life Fest convention takes place on July 15-17, where we will also celebrate GIST Awareness Day with activities related to our theme, The Gift of Time. Our logo is an hourglass, with each grain of sand representing one of our own cherished moments in time. The Gift of Time theme applies to everyone. If you are newly diagnosed, a long-term survivor, a caregiver, a doctor, a student and just about anyone – this is an opportunity to recognize how valuable time is. To celebrate these moments, we are asking everyone to think about the precious gifts they have been granted. At Life Fest, we will display a large hourglass banner, where participants will be asked to write on paper “grains of sand” what these gifts are. It could be a celebratory moment like the birth of a grandchild, or a wedding or simply something you experienced like watching the sunset over the ocean. These “grains of sand” will be posted on our hourglass banner for all to see.
How can I participate in GAD?
- Attend Life Fest and participate in sharing your “gift of time.”
- Hold a GIST Awareness Day event at a local hospital/cancer center. Ask if you can set up an hourglass banner (order from the LRG) and invite patients to post their “gifts of time.” Take a photo of your completed banner and we will display it at Life Fest and on our website.
- Throw a family party. Ask friends and family to make signs of moments they have shared with you that they are thankful for. Take photos and email them to the LRG.
- Take photos in front of clocks or with timepieces. Hold a sign saying, “I am grateful for the gift of (insert your number) years of survival.” Post on the LRG Facebook page and on your own social media page with the hashtag #GiftofTime
- Ask to set up a table at a community event, fair or festival to raise awareness about GIST. Ask the LRG for materials.
- Make a short video where you talk about the Gift of Time you have received. Send it to us and we will put it in our video collage.
- Write your gifts of time on the webpage we have created.
- Bake a cake. Decorate with symbols of your “gifts of time.” Photograph it and others enjoying this delicious treat.
- Send 13 letters raising awareness about GIST. These could be to legislators, oncologists, your local paper, etc.
- Request that our city and/or state declare July 13 GIST Awareness Day.
Want to dream big?
- Rent a venue and host a “Gift of Time” party. Play time-themed music. Ask guests to write on a large paper banner the ‘gifts of time’ they value.
- Hold a GIST Awareness Day fundraiser with a “Gift of Time” theme. It could be anything from a “13 minute” race to a dinner with “13 courses.”
- Have a bake sale. Decorate cupcakes with little signs each listing a “gift of time.”
- Ask family members or friends to donate to the LRG to honor your gifts of time.
Donations are a wonderful way to “pay it forward.” You can contribute to a GIST patient’s “Gift of Time” in several ways:
- $20 donation will pay for an educational packet for a new member
- $50 will contribute towards educational workshop materials
- $150 will sponsor the cost of a scholarship to Life Fest
- $500 will support a research study targeted towards Pediatric GIST
- $1,000 will help support GIST Patient-Driven Research technology to help us find a cure
All donations are valued, and help us to celebrate the gift of time.
Make a Donation
Need help with ideas and/or materials? Please contact: Jessica Nowak 973-837-9092 x104