Mission: To enable adult cancer patients to thrive!
Geographic areas served: San Antonio
Programs: Deriving inspiration & vitality through activity (diva) program provides exercise, nutrition and wellness classes to breast cancer patients and survivors in san antonio and bexar county. Research shows that women who exercise and follow a low-fat diet and adhere to their recommended hormonal or chemotherapy, have a reduction in breast cancer mortality by up to 50%. As of december 31, 2014, the diva program offered 30 classes a week at 5 different locations across san antonio. More than 900 women are on the diva roster.
many cancer patients in our community are without a reliable means of transportation thus making traveling to and from treatment appointments impossible. Additionally, the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis can be devastating. Thrivewell cancer foundation provides patients with financial assistance to help offset the costs associated with their medical care, as well as treatment related transportation. Our goal is to give patients the best possible chance of beating the disease while eliminating the added stressors that go hand-in-hand with cancer. During 2014, thrivewell cancer foundation's patient assistance program provided transportation services to 131 cancer patients and financial assistance to 159 cancer patients helping offset the costs associated with their treatment.
thrivewell cancer foundation funded two cutting-edge research grants in 2013. The title of the funded projects are as follows: microrna's: safe and potent therapeutic molecules for treating drug resistant breast cancers; exploring the role of crl4cdt2 in aggressive prostate cancer. During 2012, the foundation launched a special research project entitled the san antonio 1000 cancer genome project (sa1kcgp). The sa1kcgp provides whole genome sequencing on tumors from patients with the ten most common cancers in san antonio and makes the data obtained from the tumors available to doctors and researchers worldwide. The sa1kcgp established their own 501(c)(3) status in 2014 but the foundation will still act as the financial payer of the genome sequencing and extraction fees with the monies raised by the foundation specifically for the sa1kcgp.
Three years ago I was asked to be the president of a newly forming organization, which still did not even have a name. During the past three years, ThriveWell has not only found an appropriate name, but has hired a full-time executive director. The impact the organization has already had in the lives of those breast cancer survivors, who have availed themselves of the phenomenal exercise and nutrition classes we provide, has been astounding. The research that ThriveWell has funded is directed towards those projects that would otherwise not receive the funds that would be necessary for a viable research project. Those patients who were able to get to their treatment appointments, because of our assistance, reveals profound gratitude on the parts of both the patient and the family.
As a member of the Board of ThriveWell Cancer Foundation, I am intricately aware of the passionate mission of our organization. Everyone involved has a deep desire and motivation to see cancer patients not only survive, but thrive. Our purpose is to enhance the quality of life of exhisting cancer patients and fund the most cutting edge research for the future cure for cancer.
We are a forward-thinking organization looking at novel ways to treat cancer and focusing on the latest research on the survival benefit of breast cancer patients who change their lifestyle to a more fit one.