Heather Rangel Swims a 10,000 Meter Butterfly and Raises $25,000 for Cancer Commons

Heather Rangel is a Deloitte partner and a Cancer Commons Pathfinder donor and volunteer. She heads up Project Shine, in which she works with her extensive network to support Cancer Commons. Heather kick-started the campaign by setting a goal she wasn’t sure she could meet—swimming a 10,000 meter butterfly—and raised more than twice her target amount. I spoke with her about her achievement. Continue reading…


Marty Tenenbaum to Speak at Upcoming AZBio Leadership Conversation (Update: Video)

Update: This event has passed, but you can watch the full conversation here:

See Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum discuss “Big Questions, Big Data, and Big Science” on March 19 in Phoenix, Arizona. The event is hosted by AZBio, and will feature Marty in conversation with Joshua LaBaer, MD, PhD, of Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute. Visit the event page to learn more and register to attend.

If you are a patient living with cancer—or a caregiver or family member who supports someone living with cancer—you can obtain complimentary tickets for this event with the discount code “Conquer Cancer.”


Cancer Commons Announces Cancer Maps: A New App to Empower Patients with the World’s Collective Knowledge

Seventeen years ago, Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum learned he had melanoma. He leapt into action. He wanted the best treatment options he could possibly find.

“When you’re diagnosed, you’re put into this strange new world with no guidance,” Marty said. “You hit the search engines, and you’re just overwhelmed with information that’s mostly irrelevant, incomprehensible, or out of date.” Continue reading…


Marty Tenenbaum to Speak at Upcoming Mount Sinai Conference

See Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum speak about the exciting projects underway at Cancer Commons at the upcoming 2014 SINAInnovations conference on Wednesday, Nov 19. The conference is being held by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. From the conference website:

This year’s theme “Engineering and Medicine” will include keynote addresses, short talks, lunchtime breakout sessions and demos in areas focusing on breakthroughs in material science, nanotechnologies and imaging; advances in genomics technologies; mobile application development and wearable technologies; cultivating how medicine and engineering interface and how advances in engineering are transforming medicine, biology and global health.

Register to be there in person in New York, NY, or visit the SINAInnovations website at 9:05 am EST (12:05 pm PST) on Nov 19 to see Marty speak via the live Webcast.


Heather Rangel Raises Funds for Cancer Commons at Joyful Memorial Event

Pathfinder supporter Heather Rangel held a special fundraising event for Cancer Commons on Monday. The party celebrated the life of her good friend Jackie Tran, who recently passed from ovarian cancer. In Jackie’s honor, Heather brought together her friends and family to raise funds for Cancer Commons. The night opened with poignant words from Heather and Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum, as well as an uplifting video that encouraged gratitude. A performance by the band Rusted Root drew guests to the dance floor for a joyful celebration.

Marty Tenenbaum with Heather Rangel


You're Invited! Celebrate the Life of Jackie Tran, Support Cancer Commons, & Enjoy the Tunes of Rusted Root

Come support Cancer Commons and celebrate the life of Jackie Tran, a close friend of our Pathfinder donor Heather Rangel. The event features the band Rusted Root, and will take place at the Fox Forum in Redwood City, CA, on Monday, November 3 at 7 PM. Please feel free to invite your friends and family. Every dollar raised will go towards creating the world’s most valuable resource for cancer patients. Click here to purchase your ticket(s).

JackieTran


Upcoming Talk by Marty Tenenbaum: Can Big Data Cure Cancer?

Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum, PhD, will be speaking at a special MIT Club of Northern California event in Mountain View, CA, on September 23. From the event registration page:

“Every year 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer and nearly half of those cases are considered incurable. But many of those ‘incurable’ cases may be beatable by exploiting biological features unique to each individual’s cancer. I will talk about a convergence of recent developments in genomics, big data informatics, social networks, and personalized medicine that is transforming the landscape of cancer research and treatment. Instead of aiming our efforts toward curing ‘cancer’ in the abstract, and often failing, we are now on the threshold of being able to give each individual the knowledge, resources, and tools needed to successfully treat the one disease that matters most to them.”

The event is open to the public. Visit the registration page for details and pricing.


Video: Marty Tenenbaum Speaks at the ALCF's Lung Cancer Living Room Event

Earlier this year, Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum, PhD, spoke at the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation’s (ALCF) monthly Lung Cancer Living Room event. Marty’s own cancer diagnosis and treatment journey inspired his current mission: to make sure critical information is shared and gets to the patients who need it. By collecting data from thousands of patient-donated lung cancer stories, Cancer Commons can begin to show patients and doctors patterns in treatment choices, side effects, quality of life, outcomes, and more.

The video from the event is now available:

Lung Cancer Living Room 04-22-14 from Peninsula TV on Vimeo.

The ALCF, one of our partner organizations, works directly with individual lung cancer patients to ensure they each receive the best possible care. The Lung Cancer Living Room is a monthly in-person and online support group event that informs patients about lung cancer.

Click here for more information, including how to attend in person (in San Carlos, CA) or online. Click here to read the description of Marty’s upcoming event.


Cancer Commons Launches Pathfinders Conversation Series

On June 10, 2014, Cancer Commons held the inaugural event in its new Pathfinders Conversation Series (PCS). The Conversation brought together researchers, physicians, patients, the Cancer Commons team, and The Pathfinders (Cancer Commons’ donors) for an evening in Palo Alto, CA, to discuss some of the biggest challenges in cancer research today. Several guests who had personally dealt with cancer opened with their poignant stories, and the event progressed into a discussion of how existing data and information could be captured, analyzed, and shared more efficiently, for the benefit of all cancer patients.

“Information is the biggest deficit and really the lowest hanging fruit to changing the whole world of cancer,” said John Adler, MD, Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and Founder of Cureus. “As a community of physicians and patients, we need to take charge of our medical information and create something bigger than we can as individuals.”

To read more about the discussion that took place, see our Need to Know blog post Finding Cancer Cures in Our Own Backyard. To see how you can join the next PCS event as a Pathfinder, visit our Give page or contact us.