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The Galen Foundation dba PeopleBeatingCancer

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Causes: Breast Cancer

Mission: To provide information, education and support to cancer survivors/caregivers everywhere-

Results: 9/1/10-PBC.org launches with 9 cancer micro sites and approx 2000 unique visitors per month, 11/1/12 PBC site upgrade and averaging 20,000 visitors to 20 cancer sites. For updates, email David Emerson, director/creator at daviddecemerson@me.com

Target demographics: Average cancer survivor is 65 years of age.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Our goal is to reach all cancer survivors/caregivers through the Internet to provide free information/education/support in addition to cancer patient advocacy and navigation.

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: PeopleBeatingCancer's mission is to demystify cancer mind, body and soul through cancer information, education, forums and cancer coaching by long term cancer survivor David Emerson.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I am a cancer survivor who took control of his cancer because of articles, studies, blogs and forums I read on the Internet. Simply put, I learned to manage my cancer through social media. PeopleBeatingCancer.org is a tool to provide social networking for cancer survivors and caregivers. Learn about your cancer from articles, studies, blog and forum posts. Share with fellow survivors and caregivers on the forum.

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Rating: 5

In 1994 my brother, David Emerson, the founder of PeopleBeatingCancer, got multiple myeloma. Over several years, radiation and chemo beat back the tumors but they kept returning, until the MDs could give him no more. He never gave up and continually tried things that he learned about on the Internet. Eventually, the tumors disappeared. That was in 1998. Since then, his life's purpose has been to share complimentary cancer therapies with others and help them beat the odds, as he did. Believe..


Rating: 5

PeopleBeatingCancer offers cancer survivors and their caregivers an alternative source of information. I was most struck by the way in which their website allows cancer survivors to connect with one another in a space where no question, and no therapy, is off-limits for discussion and evaluation. This is a critical service to offer in a world where health care is not always treated as a personal choice based on what's best for the individual, but rather as an affirmation of what big pharma deems an appropriate action. People should be able to make informed, individual choices about their cancer care, and PeopleBeatingCancer works to promote this stance.