YES! Beat Liver Tumors
YES was founded by three colon cancer survivors and two caregivers in October, 2006: Each had received a grim prognosis and were faced with very few or no treatment options. Discouraged by the lack of information and resources available to those affected by liver metastases and concerned about the under-representation of survivors who had received treatment, plans materialized with each survivor or loved one receiving targeted liver therapies. Realizing the need for survivor support and a desire to share information, YES was created through Suzanne Lindley's personal action plan at the Inaugural LiveSTRONG Summit. YES seeks to change the stigma surrounding primary liver cancer or cancer that has spread to the liver by: advocating for increased funding for cancer research, educating liver tumor survivors of possible surveillance and treatment options, and by being a point of contact and support for those affected by liver tumors. When we first began looking for support and options, there was always a depressing undertone behind the impersonal and often corporate entities. Cancer is as personal as it gets. The statistics were dispassionate. Stage IV cancer patients need to feel like someone cares. At YES, we do care and are concerned. If you look at our web-site and feel that it is less than corporate in nature - know that it is by design!! We want survivors to know that they aren't alone!"There is nothing more we can do is a refrain we hear frequently," says Gordon Gwosdow, eight year stage IV colon cancer survivor and co-founder of YES. "Yet, here we are, right in front of the medical and research communities representing the global voice of all survivors living with liver tumors. If these survivors had access to treatment options readily available they may unlock the key to longer survival and begin to live with this as a chronic condition and not as a deadly disease."