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Carlea brings over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and health advocacy. She joins The Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education as its first executive director and will direct its growth in revenue, outreach and programs. From 2006 to 2013, she led the patient advocacy group Fight Colorectal Cancer (formerly C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition) as its first executive director and later, president. In that capacity, she testified before Congress and the Food and Drug Administration, led the organization through a rebranding, grew its revenue from $340,000 to $1.3 million annually, and increased its advocacy participation by over 200 percent. Prior to working for Fight Colorectal Cancer, she worked as the National Director of Grassroots Advocacy for the American Diabetes Association and as Press Secretary for the groundbreaking Florida “Truth” Campaign, an initiative that resulted in a 10 percent drop in teen smoking within a single year. Her passion for health advocacy is personal: Within a 14 month period between 1999 and 2000, she lost her mother to complications of Type 1 diabetes and her father to lung cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome. Carlea’s career initially started in politics working for the late Florida Governor Lawton Chiles and later at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Florida State University and resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and children.

This Is Not a Request for Donations…


GRACE helps patients and their families figure things out during incredibly challenging times. 2015 Spring Appeal Collage  We know what you are going through, as much as any other person not living in your shoes can. 

We are with you.

So it makes us a little squeamish to ask you for a donation. We raise money in numerous ways so that we can continue to serve you without asking for too much too often. But occasionally we need to come to you for help.

Instead of me writing about why you should give to GRACE, can you take two minutes to watch the video below? It does not feature Sarah McLachlan singing over sad puppies but it does illustrate – over very uplifting music I might add – the work that we’ve done over the past year and the plans we have coming up.

And if, at the end of those two minutes, you feel compelled to give $100 or a recurring monthly donation of $10, well then we all win. 

Thank you.

Carlea Bauman
GRACE Executive Director


Join GRACE at the Barb’s Beer Salute to Jack West Oct. 2


Barbara Murphy with beer

Barbara Murphy was a great runner, wife, mother and friend. She passed away last December from lung cancer that was initially diagnosed in 2007.

This past July, her family launched the Barb’s Beer Foundation. Working with brewmaster Chuck Hohing and the Northsound Brewery in Mt. Vernon, Washington, they developed a recipe for Barb’s Beer and began selling it at a single restaurant in Bellingham called La Fiamma. Proceeds from every sale benefit the Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE).

On Thursday, October 2nd, the Foundation will present GRACE Founder and Board Chair Dr. Jack West with the first money raised since that launch. They will also announce their plans for the expansion of beer sales to other venues in the Seattle area.

Barbs Beer logo

The Foundation and GRACE invite you to join the celebration as the Barb’s Beer Foundation salutes Dr. West and the work of GRACE (and also enjoy some great brew)!

When: Thursday, October 2, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where: La Fiamma, 200 E Chestnut St, Bellingham, WA 98225

Our thanks to Barbara’s family and the Barb’s Beer Foundation for their support of GRACE. If you live in the Seattle area, please support La Fiamma and other restaurants that will soon start selling Barb’s Beer.

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Help GRACE Rebuild Its Website


Our website needs help, and we’re turning to you.

Cancer patients and caregivers come to to get information they can trust. The folks who log on are loyal and passionate – and for that we’re grateful.

Unfortunately, the structure of our website can barely sustain the volumes of information that we’ve posted to it throughout the years. We have podcasts, blog posts, videos, slidedocs, images, online forums and thousands and thousands of pages of data and research results – all free and all for the benefit of people living with cancer.

But on the back end, the staff is nervous. We know that the website could implode at anytime. The thought of it fills me with dread because I know how much people rely on and I cannot imagine not being there for them. 

We have the knowledge and the plans to make a better website that will be simpler to navigate and light years easier to search. Over the past few months, we have applied for grants to raise money to pay for a website rebuild and we’ve raised $10,000 – just over half of what we need. Now we’re turning to you, our loyal and passionate website visitors, to help us finally reach our goal. We’ve created a campaign on GoFundMe to raise $7,500. Won’t you help us get there?

Please give what you can and urge others – via Facebook, Twitter or that antiquated thing called “email” – to do the same. Our website welcomes 50,000 unique visitors each month. If even 10% of our monthly visitors donated a few dollars, we’d reach our goal quickly, enabling us to get to work sooner.

Thank you.


FREE PATIENT WEBINAR: Chemo & Radiation for Late Stage Oropharynx Cancer


headandneck-diagramFriday, March 7, 2014 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST

Register today.

Over 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with oropharynx cancer (cancer of the tonsils or base of the tongue) each year. Stage III and stage IV cancers are curable, with the most common treatment being chemotherapy and radiation at the same time. Some patients respond very well to this treatment, while others do not. What options do patients have? What are the side effects of treatment? What are some of the latest advances in treatment?

Join the Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE) and Drs. Geoffrey Gieger and Jared Weiss for a webinar as they discuss the treatment of late stage oropharynx cancer.

On the webinar you will hear:
•   What is involved in getting chemotherapy and radiation?
•   What happens during a radiation treatment?
•   What happens during a chemotherapy treatment?
•   What kinds of radiation and chemotherapy are available and what’s the difference between them?
•   What are the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation?
•   The role of HPV in oropharynx cancer cancer.

Registration is free.


Double Your Gift to GRACE. Give by Sunday, December 22nd.


Double Your Gift to GRACEIn an effort to encourage GRACE members and supporters to make a tax-deductible donation to the organization, the Board of Directors has committed to match up to $5,000 for all gifts received this week by Sunday, December 22nd.

This means that any gift you make to GRACE this week – be it $15 or $500 – will essentially double if you donate before Sunday. 

Your donation will:

- Keep the online forums humming with answers to questions that patients and caregivers have about cancer.
- Power a year of webinars with leaders in cancer research and treatment.
- Help pay for patient education videos that we film at cancer meetings throughout the US.
- Put patients and researchers together at our in-person patient forums starting in February 2014!

2014 is going to be a big year for GRACE – bigger than we’ve seen yet. We will help more patients than ever before, in new and exciting ways. The Board of Directors has added their own sweat equity to ensure the organization’s success for many years now. Their matching gift is quite simply a generous dollop of icing on the…fruitcake. Please join them, and the staff at GRACE, as we set out to change more lives with free and accessible doctor-led cancer information.

Thank you. And a very Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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