My husband is a 3 time Oral Cancer Survivor and this website has been a life-line for me. In the first bout, I went to the site nearly everyday, finding answers to my questions regarding his sickness. The others who had already been through, or were currently going through treatments were full of information and tips and tricks on how to make life easier for the patient. We are active in the OCF community and have made quite a few virtual friends through it, but we have also gained some real friends. Because of the information on the site we were able to take part in our first oral cancer walk in Seattle, WA. We live on the other side of the state and we gathered more than 20 friends to caravan over to Seattle and participate in the event. Our team raised nearly 10,000 and thankfully we know that the greatest portion possible is used for awareness campaigns and research.
The Oral Cancer Foundation is an amazing group of individuals that have experienced through thier own battle, or through the battle of loved ones the devestation and victories of Oral Cancer. My husband was diagnosed in 2005 as a 33 year old man. As his cancer is very rare in his age group, there was not a lot of information available as to it. Through the OCF I was able to research and be apart of a community that had experience in this disease. There were others going through the same caregiving tasks as me, and we were able to connect and give eachother support. I really appreciated the amount of knowledge that was present. I have seen that OCF has been doing a steady job of increasing awareness of this disease.
My husband was diagnosed with oral cancer on 8/13/08. Since that time, the OCF has been instrumental in lending their support and time to answer questions and give information to my husband and I. Their organization gave us extreme relief in knowing that there were others out there who could understand exactly what we were going through with the type of cancer my husband had. We are very grateful that Brian Hill founded this organization. He, especially, was a wonderful source of support and lended his time freely whenever we were concerned about something and had a question for him.
I contribute to the organization due to the tremendous potential they have to save lives. Seeing how they have grown and helped so many people is very satisfying. The Oral Cancer Foundation has been instumental in educating as many phycicians and the public as they can. Remarkably, they do this on a shoe string or less budget. It would be very gratifying to see what they could accomplish with some respectable funding.
I am a medical provider and a patient who has been treated for Stage IV oral cancer. I have found the Oral Cancer Foundation to be a wonderful resource to allow me the opportunity to learn about my disease, stay abreast of new research and developments, direct questions to my Cancer providers, and allow me the opportunity to NOT feel alone, isolated or without a sense of support. I cannot stress how important they have been in a disease that does not receive the prominence of other more common diseases. First Rate!!!!
The OCF has been instrumental in helping my sister-in-law Suzanne Gallo in her fight against oral cancer! I donated money and participated in a walk in May 2009 w/ Suzanne and other family members to support efforts at finding a cure for this disease!