Welcome to the Red Shamrock Foundation
Thanks to early detection and increasingly effective treatments, more people than ever before are surviving cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2008 there were nearly 12 million cancer survivors in the United States; up from 9.8 million in 2001, and 3 million in 1971. Still, getting through a cancer diagnosis and treatment is not the end of the fight. There are a whole host of late effects and secondary issues that can result from battling cancer.
My son was diagnosed with cancer just before his third birthday, and has now been cancer free for over 2 years. However, due in part to the intensive therapy/cancer protocol he was on, he, like most cancer survivors, faces a lifetime need for highly specialized health care. As more people are surviving a cancer diagnosis, and to address this need for specialized after cancer care, hospitals across the US are starting to create survivorship clinics. That is why I started the Red Shamrock Foundation. My goals with RSF are to raise funds for survivorship programs throughout Iowa, and funds for research on the late effects of cancer survivorship. While doing this, I hope to also raise awareness that cancer survivors are still at risk, and need specialized care by medical professionals trained in the specifics of after cancer care.
Founder, Red Shamrock Foundation