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ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network

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Causes: Cancer, Health, Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations, Technology

Mission: ICAN provides Personalized Medicine Cancer Case Management Programs, through its customized patient advocacy services, to Stage IV patients who have been written off by their oncology teams. The organization specializes in complex and rare diagnoses, whether pediatric or adult cancers. ICAN, given years of experience with oncology issues and the anticancer drug pipeline, assists patients in the battle to extend life with high quality of life through physician referrals, cutting-edge information and advocacy services, clinical trials research, compassionate use analysis, molecular profiling services, and palliative care program services. ICAN has been profiled in Newsweek based on the still enduring complete remission of one of its breast cancer patients and in Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine (where ICAN was viewed as the exemplar of cancer patient advocacy--out of 5000 organizations to choose from). ICAN has also been featured in the Robert A. Nagourney, M.D.'s pivotal book "Outliving Cancer" and is featured in the upcoming biography of anticancer drug discoverer G. Robert Pettit, PhD (published in June 2015).

Results: When you are dealing with individual cancer patients and their specific cases, the metrics are extending time to progression and working toward disease-free survival. The question becomes "compared to what?" since no cancer patient is like any other cancer patient. The one metric that counts at ICAN is an overwhelming number of our patients, given the countless accolades we have received over the past 20 years, testify to ICAN's pivotal assistance in making a critical difference in life prolongation and quality of life issues. On the metric of "Was there a stone left unturned in the patient's journey with cancer?", our ICAN patients and their families resoundingly answer "No."

Target demographics: All ages, all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1000 patient/spouse advocate/care partner/public inquiry cases at ICAN.

Geographic areas served: While we are headquartered in Phoenix, we work throughout Arizona; across the U.S. and all U.S. territories; 54 countries worldwide

Programs: Our Personalized Medicine Cancer Case Management Programs and our Cancer Patient Advocacy and Clinical Trials Advocacy Programs--as well as ICAN's more than one hundred Named Programs (named by families in memory of or in honor of a loved one in the battle)--may be found on our website at http://askican.org

Community Stories

177 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

shapiro

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have known Marcia and seen her work tirelessly with ICANN from the beginning. She has helped many of our family members when we have needed assistance in the hospital or recommendations for the very best Dr. for any situation. She helped us find the very best Pediatric GI Specialist when our son was diagnosed with EE, she helped my sister when she was in the hospital in intensive care for Sepsis, helped our friend find a top fertility specialists in Phoenix and the list goes on. She is truly amazing and ICANN is essential for continuing to help people with their medical care with Cancer and many other medical situations. Marcia and ICANN are the first place we turn to when we need help and assistance with our medical needs. There truly are no words for how helpful they have been. Thank you Marcia.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ICAN and Marcia Horn have been the first place our family has turned to in several critical health situations. Marcia is amazing with her knowledge of Dr's and specialists for every medical situation that we have had to deal with. She has helped our son find one of the best Pedicatric Gastrointerologist in the nation to help him with his medical condition, pointed us in right direction when our Father was in a burn unit from an explotion, was one of the first to realize and help us when a family member was in intensive care and had sepsis and helped us in so many other instances. We can't say enough about ICAN and personally don't know what we would have done without Marcia and her kindness to always help us. She has been there for us and helped us at any hour and we feel blessed to have someone like Marcia and ICAN that we can turn to. Paula Shapiro

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly amazing organization! I contacted ICAN for a friend of mine in China. Marcia and Scott provided valuable information and endless consultations. They are very sensitive to cultural barriers and practice differences and was able to put together a panel of experts from US and China to help my friend! I am so amazed by ICAN's powerful network, from cancer researchers, clinicians, to patient advocates. And it is this network of selfless, passionate, and knowledgeable experts who provide hope to my friend that the family and I are forever grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After our world was turned up-side-down with my husbands cancer diagnosis we didn't know where to turn. An acquaintance mentioned ICAN. The information, support, service and attention we received far exceeded any expectations. Marcia responded after hours and on weekends to get us information and help us navigate our way through the confusion. Phenomenal organization!!! Incredible woman. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!
Forever Grateful, the Milazzo Family

Donor

Rating: 5

As a volunteer in a local "Wig Boutique" I am in contact with cancer patients on a daily basis. Many of them have talked positively about their ICAN experience and specifically mentioned Sherry Weinstein as a fabulous resource for them. Her compassion, patience and persistence in assisting them in their quests for knowledge have comforted them and led them to treatments not before known to them. I have personally spoken to her and feel that her representation as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ICAN is exemplary and that this organization goes above and beyond the basics at all times in order to aid those in need. We all need to support ICAN with donations so they can continue their inspirational work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, we learned about ICAN from some friends who referred us to Sherry Weinstein. She was wonderful at putting us in contact with the people at ICAN who were able to advise us on how to understand what was happening and what dad's options were. I have contributed to them and would recommend that others support ICAN's efforts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Marcia Horn and ICAN work tirelessly in an effort to serve those in need. The patients are always put first and Marcia answers all inquiries almost immediately. She and her staff have an amazing amount of information at their fingertips, and can help direct patients very quickly to those that can help them. My husband and I are very grateful to ICAN and Marcia and we are in wonder of all they can do as advocates. They deserve and need more funding so they can reach more people that find themselves needing answers and direction at a time when all seems so frightening and confusing. Marcia and her team are just incredible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is what is needed: a place where cancer patients are the "important". Marcia Horn and ICAN are there for you. Present, helping you, advising you, and you feel their help is real, efficient, effective, and caring. I can't and I don't want to imagine this "journey" without her.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been aware of ICAN for only the past few months, but I have been truly amazed by the quality and extent of the services this organization provides to cancer patients and their care givers/families. Marcia Horn is a tireless patient advocate who goes far beyond the extra yard to ensure that the patients who contact ICAN get not only the best information regarding treatment options for their particular cancer, but also assist them getting access to the best physicans to treat them. ICAN also is working hard on various legislative fronts to ensure patient safety by ensuring that patients and their physicians will know what medication they are receiving as new biosimilar medications begin arriving on the market in the future for the treament of various cancers. ICAN is also working to obtain further governmental funding for research on rare cancers such as sarcomas. I am glad that my wife introduced me to ICAN and look forward to supporting and working with this organization in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been both a volunteer and a seeker of help from ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network for about a year and a half. I have been more than impressed with the one-on-one, professional, and highly-educated information, resources, and referrals provided -- and provided now, when I needed it. No waiting rooms at ICAN. You move to the front of the line immediately.

Marcia K. Horn is a modern day Mother Theresa. I don’t know how she has enough hours in the day to respond and interact so personally with each patient or family member, friend, or caregiver who comes to ICAN for assistance.

I feel honored to have been accepted as a volunteer in this excellent organization. I screened organizations prior to volunteering to see how much of the donations they receive actually go to those they serve. Guess what? About 94 percent of all monies taken in goes to patients and patient services. Almost all the staff is like me— volunteer and logging long hours—because we believe in the cause and we see that ICAN is one darned good and exceptional organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My brother in law was given a short window to live and I recommended that my sister call and within ten minutes Marcia the president was giving wise counsel they needed to extend his life in a quality way.
Just last month one of my clients mentioned that her chemo drug was no longer going to be available through insurance. One call to Ms. Horn and she is now receiving her medication. Her response was, "Last week we had no hope but this week we have hope."
Marcia Horn is truly amazing and has assembled a team that is second to none.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Marcia Horn is amazing. I sent her an email when I first got her name, and she was back to me on the phone in 10 minutes. Prompt, extremely knowledgeable, and ready any time , day or night, to discuss my brother's cancer treatment. I don't know what we would have done without her. And I'm very thankful she was there for us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife has been dealing with stage IV lung cancer for 3 + years. She and I had the good fortune, almost by accident, to become clients more than a year ago. I cannot really begin to say how much Marcia has helped us - both in practical ways and in many less tangible but perhaps even more important emotional ways. She has always made herself available practically 24/7 to answer question, bounce ideas off, offer advice, etc., etc. , etc. Really this list just goes on and on. She is always upbeat, always positive, and always persistent. They really could use help to raise funds so that they can serve more clients.

Sally62

Client Served

Rating: 5

Marcia Horn at ICAN, a leading cancer advocacy group, is in total service to her cancer patients. Her personal phone calls were beneficial to our understanding of the process; the medical terms, the tests, the legalities, the doctors and services. We were so surprised when she called us, herself— and spoke with my husband—sometimes for 2 hours, late into the night. She understands the stress, the horrors of cancer diagnosis and she is trained to read medical tests and patient files. She is all action and knows the facts. When predatory cancer organizations stuff their pockets with patient contributions and give nothing to the families, hers is a free service for anyone in need. Thank you ICAN for your dedication and compassion.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow, words cannot express my thanks to Marcia Horn & the ICAN organization. I called ICAN on a Saturday morning & left my name & number. Within minutes I received a phone call from Marcia Horn. Marcia spent over an hour talking to my husband & I. I called to inquire about help for my brother who has renal cell carcinoma. She provided some excellent referrals & even agreed to speak to my brother & his wife. Later that day, again she spent over an hour speaking with our entire family. Marcia answered questions & provided the encouragement which we all needed. We have continued to contact Marcia daily & she responds within a few minutes. She & ICAN are amazing. What a wonderful service they provide at such a difficult time in people's lives. Thank you to ICAN & Marcia for being there. We are so very grateful!

Dean H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When our mother was stricken with ovarian cancer our family did not know where to turn. We heard about ICAN and Marcia Horn. When we contacted Marcia she was more then happy to meet with my family and help guild us through what was happening and what to expect along with some options. Even being over 3000 miles away it was nice to know there was someone great in our corner. I can't thank Marcia & ICAN enough for all her help and leadership.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization! I have volunteered and worked with Marcia Horn and ICAN for a number of years and enjoyed raising money and making great friends. Suddenly a few months ago ICAN took on a different meeting in my life when I was informed that a close friend was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer. As soon as I received the information, I called Marcia and she went to work and spoke personally with my friend. Never mind that it was 9:45pm on a Friday night. Marcia took the bull by the horns and gave specific step by step instructions and phone numbers. As a result, and due to our fast acting, my friend is now 94% cancer free. The entire process from diagnosis to final results was 3 weeks. Without Marcia Horn and the ICAN organization, my friend would never have received the level of care that she did. Thank you!

absolute_abs

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are angels on this earth!!!


I landed on the ICAN website by way of a recommendation from a friend and I had a mortal angel fly in and land on my doorstep. Her name is Marcia Horn of ICAN and she turned our world from Black and White to Technicolor! From out first meeting she went out of her way to make some great suggestions and recommend state of the art ways of dealing with my mom (Pearl) Ovarian Cancer. She helped us line up some good doctors and was always around to help our family to answer any questions we had on the labyrinth of cancer therapies.

ICAN is a great resource and I recommend it to anyone who must face a cancer therapy and is unsure where to turn, to consult with ICAN.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My association with ICAN started five years ago when I joined as Web Research Intern, transitioned to Research Team Leader and now working as member of International Physicians Council. During my time at ICAN, I've been extremely impressed by the program's commitment towards health care and cancer research excellence. Personally, I feel so blessed and grateful to have known and worked with such fantastic team without whose dedication and commitment, the gargantuan task of cancer projects can't be completed.

Not only have I enjoy working with Regina (Director Research Services), I learnt the dynamics of effective team management. She has always stood by me and my team whenever we need her and smoothed many hitches by her unconditional hand of cooperation at all times. Her strong work ethic, uplifting spirit, and wonderful attitude makes her an asset for ICAN.

Another person whom I've really enjoy working is Michèle . She is a brilliant Citation Editor who painstakingly corrects every assignment that is sent her way . She has a remarkable ability to oversee a large project without losing sight of the little things.

Last but not the least, The dynamic and passionate leadership of Marcia makes this Non Profit stand out amongst others. I feel that Marcia is an exceptional leader and a genuinely good person. Not only she brings a keen intellect to all quarters of ICAN, she enhances the ICAN community with her worldliness and humanism.

Because though I have branched out higher, the roots have grown a bit more deeper .
As they say " Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water -it will make ripples throughout the entire pond...”
I sincerely hope that our ICAN family ripples reach far and wide and make difference in lives of those in need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ICAN has been a wonderful organization to work with. It truly celebrates diversity by bringing together people of different cultures, backgrounds and professions at crux of passion : of helping others. My journey with has been amazing as well as rewarding for ICAN helped me grow as a professional as well as person. Being a Research Team Leader,I had an opportunity to work closely with CEO, Marcia K Horn and Director Research Services, Regina Marie Klopfer. Found them thoroughly professional and always there to smooth the glitches for the team members. ICAN's deep commitment towards empowering late stage cancer patients with latest treatments and approaches speaks volumes for the kind of inspiring organization it is. Outstanding Patient care, high volunteer satisfaction and high professionalism makes ICAN a class apart

I strongly recommend and urge to support ICAN in any way you can. It definitely needs more funding so that even more patients can be helped!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've said it before and I'll happily say it again: in my sixteen years volunteering for ICAN (including about eight years serving as Chairman of the Board), I continue to see miracles happen ... lives being extended with the best possible quality of life. Because of the extremely worthy work done by all those on Team ICAN, I become recommitted - every day - to that team and to those patients who count on us. With day-to-day eyewitnessing of ICAN's small but mighty staff and its more than 1000-strong volunteer base working around the world and around the clock, I am convinced that ICAN is THE most patient-friendly and helpful cancer organization on the planet. With more funding dollars, we would be able to help that many more desperate patients, and if I were to win the lottery, I would put a little away to take care of my family and then donate the rest to ICAN.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As Chairman of the Board of ICAN, I am the organization's lead volunteer and cheering squad for our very small staff and hundreds of volunteers around the world! In the thirteen plus years during which I have volunteered for ICAN, I have witnessed the amazing work done by this organization, along with the gratitude of countless patients and their families. I truly believe that of all the cancer organizations on the face of the planet, ICAN is the only one that actually “goes to bat” for patients and their families … extending lives and improving patient quality of life along the way. Every day, I am reminded by grateful patients that all volunteer efforts and donor support for ICAN could not go to a more worthy organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with ICAN 4 years ago and have been a Research Team Leader for 3 of those years. The organization is comprised of dedicated, passionate people at all levels, particularly Regina Marie Klopfer and Marcia Horn who provide strong, compassionate leadership. Every ICAN volunteer, regardless of his or her background, is a valued member of the team. It has been such a privilege to be part of an organization that is a driving force for oncology patient advocacy at every level. ICAN is a truly special organization doing phenomenal work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the immense pleasure of working with ICAN for 3 years as both an intern and a Research Team Leader. The commitment of ICAN's leadership to serving cancer patients, caregivers, and families is unmistakable and results in a deeply-embedded service ethic that permeates the entire organization. Volunteers at every level are given honest feedback and a network of support that enables them to fully develop and contribute their skills while working within a very diverse team. ICAN strives to ensure cancer patients have access to cutting-edge, evidence-based medicine, and every patient served by ICAN is provided with individualized support to navigate the patient journey. Having cultivated a culture of compassion and an extensive network of experts, Marcia Horn has built an organization with a special capacity to make a profound difference.