Letter from GO Executive Director, Donna Barry
Dear GO supporters –
I am excited to be including an Executive Director (ED) Update in our December newsletter. It has been a whirlwind six months since I started at Global Oncology (GO). I have learned so much about the huge oncology-related needs worldwide and how GO is well-positioned to help eliminate disparities in access to cancer diagnostics and treatment. Here are a few highlights and updates from GO since I started:
Board of Directors: In early December, GO added four new members to our Board of Directors: Dr. Edward J. Benz, Jr., Dr. Michael Link, Dr. Chris Varma and Dr. Krishna Yeshwant. Read the press release here
Benefit Concert: GO collaborated with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra to host our first major benefit on 10/1. We are thrilled that we raised over $105,000 which will be directed towards existing GO projects (The GO Map, education materials, palliative care training, etc.) and to help the GO team expand our programmatic efforts. Save the Date: Dec 2, 2017 for our next concert in the series.
Global Cancer Project Map (GCPM): The GCPM continues to be our largest, most collaborative project. We will rebrand the GCPM to The GO Map when Version 2.0 is launched later in 2017. Be the first to learn when we launch by signing up at thegomap.org. We cannot wait to roll out the new features and capabilities of The GO Map and look forward to dynamic engagement with all users!
Cancer Education Materials: Our low-literacy education materials are currently translated and being used in six languages – English, Spanish, Chichewa, Kinyarwanda, Setswana and Haitian Creole. We are in discussions and actively fundraising to adapt the materials for radiotherapy and translate into additional languages. In 2017 the materials will be used at the Boston Medical Center – their first domestic use.