In celebration of the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation’s 50th anniversary in March 2018, CCF is releasing a year-long video series beginning with a feature on Richard R.P. Warner, MD, founder of CCF. The series is made possible thanks to the generosity of and in collaboration with Lexicon Pharmaceutical’s Fit-to-Fight program.
A Lifetime of Commitment: Richard R.P. Warner, MD
Supported by his family and friends, Dr. Richard R.P. Warner founded the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation in 1968. “Over these past five decades, CCF has become an integral part of the support system that improves patients’ lives by providing information, connecting patients and doctors, by building and supporting patient communities and by promoting an environment that encourages further research. In fact, the goal of improving patients’ lives has driven everything we do,” says Dr. Warner.
“I make different decisions now,” says Giovanna, 13 years after being diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer. Her world crumbled after her diagnosis until she realized how she could use her music to heal — both herself and others.
Coming of Age
How do you tell your child she has cancer? Kristi had to quickly figure it out when her daughter, Emily, was diagnosed at the age of 8.
The Gift of Life
Mark was only 11 years old when he was diagnosed with lung neuroendocrine cancer. Here’s how life changed for this husband and dad who is now in his thirties.
Test of Time
Mitch made a promise to his late wife, Peggy, that he wouldn’t be alone. How would he begin to date and share that he had cancer? Michiko helped him find the way . . . and his way back to love.
Shining Your Light
Beth asked the doctor to remove her appendix while having surgery on her gallbladder. She had a feeling something bigger was going on . . .she was right.
Love is Patient
Shock was Dana’s first reaction when she was diagnosed at age 31 with neuroendocrine tumors throughout her body. Her boyfriend couldn’t cope with her diagnosis and Dana found herself alone, her world turned upside down. And then came Brien . . .
Where the Heart Is
It was 2004 and Pat and Chuck were preparing to move to a new home – life was good, personally and professionally. Then Pat suddenly developed what the doctor thought was bronchitis. When she went into heart failure they discovered a neuroendocrine tumor on her bronchus. Chuck became the researcher, the person Pat could turn to for answers, for emotional support, for loving care; he is her advocate.
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Steve Mazan has known since he was a kid that he wanted to make people laugh. A diagnosis of neuroendocrine cancer in 2005 made this stand-up comedian and inspirational speaker more determined than ever to realize his dream of being on the David Letterman show. He was told he had 5 years to live; 13 years later he’s a nationwide performer, an Emmy Award winning television writer, an author, and a TED speaker. “It doesn’t matter how much time you have,” says Steve, “It’s what you do with it.”
Fate and Friendship
When Xochi and Ellen met little did they know they would form a unique bond. Together, these awesome friends have held each other up, provided comfort during difficult times, and navigated next steps in the journey of living with neuroendocrine cancer.
Letting Go and Looking Forward
Diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor in 2014, Stacie’s first reaction was fear and anxiety. Then she found yoga, where she is strong, present, and in control. “You have to find something to be grateful for every day, because there is always something to be grateful for,” says Stacie.
Fear and Hope
Mack was devastated when he was diagnosed with carcinoid in 1997, especially when the doctor said, “You have cancer.” Fear was his initial reaction but his faith, a loving wife, wonderful friends, and becoming the leader of the neuroendocrine cancer support group in Georgia led him to living with the disease with hope and optimism.