GIST knows no boundaries. According to a 2016 study, the epidemiology of GIST exhibits some consistent features across geographical regions. High and low incidence outliers are found across continents.1 GIST patients are out there, in need of support, advice and treatment.
Since our inception, the Life Raft Group has focused on several key pillars. One of those pillars is “to increase access to effective treatments worldwide.” Early on, through our email community and by attendance at global meetings, we began to expand our network. In 2002, when the Life Raft Group received non-profit status, our global reach extended to 13 countries.
We have presented at international forums such as the London Symposium on Glivec and held our first New Horizons meeting. Our first country coordinator was from the United Kingdom, and we established an alliance with the Max Foundation, helping to seed the beginnings of our Global GIST Network. We have supported global advocacy issues, aiding in campaigns to have treatments approved in several countries and directly impacting legislative issues.
Today, we aid patients from the United Kingdom to India and Kenya, helping wherever GIST patients are in need. Our patient registry staff interacts with global patients daily. The LRG Patient Registry has members from 63 countries, with country liaisons from 62 countries.
View list of global representatives here.
We gather global GIST advocates for the annual New Horizons meeting to unify and support patient advocacy efforts and to hear the latest updates in GIST research.The LRG is currently involved in a major effort in Latin America, harnessing the power of real world data through our Salud con Datos project. Also, in Latin America, the LRG collaborates with Alianza GIST.
We will work tirelessly to assure that GIST patients across the world have access to the best possible treatment.
International News and Videos
This is the photo gallery for the New Horizons GIST Conference for 2019 held in NJ and hosted by the Life Raft Group. This international meeting aims to unify the global GIST patient advocacy community with key opinion leaders and facilitate ways to increase survival worldwide.
These are some memorable photos from Salud con Datos 2019. On May 7th, representatives from Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and The Life Raft Group assembled for the annual Salud con Datos meeting in Wayne, NJ. [...]
New Horizons 2019 Meeting Gathers Advocates in NJ Not many of our readers know that The Life Raft Group has been involved with a global network of advocates since its inception. Every year country [...]
International collaborations accelerate patient advocacy and affect policy changes and treatment protocols On May 7th, representatives from Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and The Life Raft Group assembled for the annual Salud con Datos [...]
Adriana’s journey with cancer began 15 years ago. After conquering Stage 3 breast cancer, she changed her professional path and poured her skills, talents, and experience into serving other cancer patients. In 2004, Adriana, [...]
Monitoreando la salud del hígado con GIST El hígado (liver), ubicado debajo de la caja toráxica derecha, es el órgano interno más grande del cuerpo y actúa como una fábrica que regula la digestión, [...]
Jonathan Trent, MD, GIST Specialist, Visits Colombia for the First Symposium of Personalized Medicine and Immunotherapy
By Jairo Becerra, Vice President, Fundación GIST Colombia Left to right: Dr. Jorge Otero (Oncologist), Jairo Becerra, (Vice President Fundación GIST Colombia) Dr. Jonathan Trent (Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miami), Adriana Maria Garzón, [...]
WE DID IT! National Integrated Cancer Control Act is Approved! Contributed by Rod Padua / President, Touched By Max PHILIPPINES In a country of 104 million, there are approximately 141,021 new cancer cases in [...]
My Journey with GIST My name is Florence Thwagi, and I am 53-years-old. I am an Executive Board Member of Henzo Kenya, an advocacy group that creates awareness and support GIST patients in Kenya. [...]
I never thought that I would be sitting at the same table with Senators from my country while voting for a law that will potentially dramatically change the lives of cancer patients in Chile. [...]