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Denise Brock

GRACE at ASCO 2017

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As in previous years, GRACE will have a booth in the exhibit hall at the ASCO annual meeting at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. We are excited to again be able to meet with potential partners and other patient advocacy groups during this event!

This year promises to again be full of interesting and new information with exciting news about trials and treatments.  Dr. West will be racing around at breakneck speed, taking it all in and gathering information to report back to GRACE.  Carlea Bauman, our Executive Director will be in back to back meetings – networking and meeting with potential partners.  Our program coordinator Laura Giannini will be working with our faculty on roundtable videos, and – like usual – I will be coordinating and managing the booth, volunteers, scheduling and keeping things working behind the scenes (we keep a supply of band-aids at the booth for weary GRACE feet). We love our trips to Chicago and being involved with ASCO, and are honored to have been chosen once again to be a part of the ASCO-Sponsored Patient Advocacy Booth.

If you happen to be at ASCO this year, come by the exhibit hall and booth 3005 and say “hi” to the GRACE staff. (We have cool pens!)  We are always excited to meet new faculty and GRACE friends.  

Also as in years past, keep your eye on the GRACE website for new videos and posts recapping information from this year’s annual meeting.  For information from last year’s meeting, take a look at the videos from 2016!

Here is a little walk down memory lane…


 

Please feel free to offer comments and raise questions in our Discussion Forums.


 


Denise Brock

Server Slowdowns and GRACE Update

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You may have noticed some frustrating server issues with GRACE these past few days.  Our true apologies – we are working diligently with our provider to solve these issues.  We ask you for patience, and we will be hopefully trouble free as soon as possible.  


Recent cancerGRACE.org issues have made me feel that it is a great time to give people a sneak peek at what we are working on behind the scenes.  GRACE is past due for an upgrade – and we have decided to give the site a shiny new coat of paint. Soon you will be seeing a new site when you log in to GRACE – and while change is always a little tough – we think you will like what you see.  

Our great development team at FUSEIQ based in Seattle has shown that they have a wonderful understanding of what we do and what we are trying to do.  They have worked with many nonprofits and have an excellent team who have been patient and understanding with our requests.  Their knowledge has been guiding us to develop a site that is intuitive, easy to navigate and much easier to find the important information that is so integral to the heart of GRACE.  We also will be implementing a new structure for our FORUMS – yes – many of the abilities that we have been promising since the last upgrade will finally be available.  Welcome back, personal messaging! 

Another very very exciting part of this rebuild is that we are giving you – our members – more control over what information you want to see.  When you have an account on GRACE, you will be able to personalize your dashboard so you see the information you want to see!  As GRACE grows, we hope to provide more and more information about different types of cancers.  We also know that not everyone – though it is all incredibly interesting and educational – wants to wade through new information on types of cancers that are not necessarily pertinent to them.  The new GRACE site will allow you to determine what feeds you get to see daily on your own dashboard.  You also can always default to the main page to see what is new, available site wide.  Here is a sneak peek! 

The GRACE main page mockup and design:

 Please feel free to offer comments and raise questions in our Discussion Forums.


Do you want to help us reach our goal?  

AS you know, GRACE is a nonprofit run solely on grants and donations from our users.   Funding is tight – and we hope to be able to launch the new site not only as a pretty new thing, but with our content and data migrated over successfully.  Operational tasks are always tough to find funding for!   

If you would like to help us reach our goal, you can donate HERE.  


 

 


Denise Brock

End of Year Appeal 2016

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Jim and Laya continue to share with us their stories and heartfelt words in support of GRACE.  Watch now – the story of how Jim and Laya came to know GRACE, and visit our donate page to give in honor of someone, in honor of yourself, in honor of GRACE. 

 

You no doubt already have experienced the power of personal connection provided by the Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE).  We are two of GRACE’s earliest followers and the relationship we forged became a lifeline during dark times for each of us.
 
We found a network of support at GRACE – from the faculty who provided vital information to patients and fellow caregivers. When we found GRACE, we found a caring community of doctors who would patiently answer our questions. We found critical data to help us make informed decisions. We found new friends in one another – it’s a tremendous gift to know someone who can understand what you and your family are experiencing. Most importantly, what we think is amazing about GRACE – is that it has leveled the playing field for everyone. Someone who lives in Small Town, USA, may not have access to doctors who specialize in their cancer – and that isn’t right. When life and death are on the line, geography should not matter. Everyone should be able to get the same information about their disease, regardless of where they live.
 
The holidays are a time to connect and to celebrate the relationships that sustain us. We invite you to join us in honoring the incredible work of GRACE that has made life-changing connections possible for all whose lives are touched by cancer.  Thank you for being part of our community and Happy Holidays.

 

 
Thank you,



 


Denise Brock

Donate to GRACE this Giving Tuesday, 2016

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Many people from our GRACE community know very well two of our earliest followers, Jim Celebucki and Laya Dogmetchi. Jim and Laya join us today on Giving Tuesday to ask you to join them in supporting GRACE as part of this global day of giving. 

 

Cancer has played a pivotal role in each of our lives. When we found GRACE, we found a caring community of doctors who would patiently answer our questions, big or small. We found critical data to help us make informed decisions.

What we think is amazing about GRACE is that it has leveled the playing field for everyone. Someone who lives in Small Town, USA, may not have access to doctors who specialize in their cancer. But when life and death are on the line, geography should not matter. Everyone should be able to get the same information about their disease, regardless of where they live. 
 
GRACE provides access to a community of skilled practitioners, the latest research and data from the ever-evolving cancer field, and a caring network of support at no cost to ANYONE AND EVERYONE who needs it.
 
On this #GivingTuesday, help us honor the incredible work of GRACE that has made life-changing connections possible for all whose lives are touched by cancer. 
 
Thank you,



 


GRACE Webmaster

Wondering what the recent GRACE Website shaking and rumbling is all about?

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GRACE Under ConstructionOkay, I was just kidding about the shaking and rumbling, but we have been making some significant changes to the GRACE website lately, thanks in part to your generous donations to our Website Rebuild fundraising campaign.
(Please keep ‘em comin’ – there’s a LOT left to do!)

Most of the changes have been “under the hood,” but some have been visible and are hopefully already improving your experience on the site, especially in terms of page loading times.

In order to keep you informed about these updates in a more timely fashion, we’ve created a GRACE Site Ongoing Improvements forum topic where I’ll be making periodic posts to share our progress. Registered members (free) can also discuss the changes there with the GRACE staff.

We’re always interested in your feedback and suggestions for the GRACE site and welcome your participation.

Thanks and Cheers!

-Mark
 GRACE Webmaster & Podcast Engineer


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