February is National Cancer Prevention Month

To encourage cancer prevention awareness during National Cancer Prevention Month, here are a few informational links for our patients, families, and friends. Please join us in promoting cancer education and donating to cancer research so we can fight GIST and other cancers.

GIST Cancer Research Foundation

GIST Support International

American Institute for Cancer Research

American Association for Cancer Research

Mayo Clinic


2016 GCRF Conference and Luncheon


We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in the 2016 Annual GCRF Conference and Luncheon. It was wonderful to see so many of you and we hope you found a sense of community, patient support and helpful information at this event.  Additionally, we want to thank the GCRF for their incredibly generous donation. With your amazing fundraising efforts, we are able to continue to work hard to find a cure for this devastating disease.

Please click on the following links to view the presentations from the Conference:
Video of Dr. Heinrich’s Research Presentation

PowerPoint Presentations:
Research Updates
Surgery Updates
How to Find and Participate in a GIST clinical trial
Nutrition for Patients with GIST


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2016 GIST Day of Learning

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the GIST Day of Learning on March 30th.  We had a wonderful turn out and hope everyone gained some insight and made new connections.  We’ve uploaded a video of the presentation for you to view, along with the following photos from the event.



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2015 GIST Educational Conference and Luncheon

On April 21st, 2015, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the GIST Cancer Research Fund hosted the Annual GIST Educational Conference, which provided an opportunity for Dr. Chris Corless, Dr. Michael Heinrich, Ms. Caroline Macuiba, and Dr. Brian Druker to speak to patients and their families about some of the advancements made in GIST cancer research during the last year.  In addition to gaining insight and information about this horrible disease, this event is a chance to reconnect with familiar faces and share in our hope for a cure.  The GCRF also presented us with a generous donation of $100,000 for continuing research.  We could not be more thankful for their amazing fundraising efforts.  Our motivation to find a cure is more enthusiastic than ever before.

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2014 Annual GCRF Breakfast and Meeting


On Wednesday, May 14th, we welcomed GIST patients and their supporters for the Annual GCRF Breakfast and Meeting at OHSU.  This is our favorite event of the year, as it provides us with the opportunity to gather with patients and discuss our latest research endeavors. As a result of their enthusiastic fundraising efforts, the GCRF presented Dr. Heinrich and Dr. Corless with an outstanding donation of $100,000 this year.  We are so privileged to be included among the beneficiaries of this amazing organization and with their generous support, we can continue to work to find a cure for GIST.

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2013 GIST Cancer Research Fund “Walk for the Cure” Events


On Sunday, October 6th, Dr. Chris Corless attended the 2013 GIST Cancer Research Fund New York Walk for the Cure. Despite the damp weather, there were plenty of attendees and Dr. Corless was pleased to have the opportunity to catch up with many friends.  All of the funds raised from these events go directly to GIST research with the hope of finding a cure.

Additionally, Dr. Michael Heinrich participated in the GCRF Walk for the Cure in San Jose, California, on October 20th.  This annual fundraising event was originally organized by Irene Wing and it is in her memory that the participants gathered in an effort to eradicate this devastating disease.

Dr. Heinrich with this year's San Jose Walk for the Cure organizer, Liz Chew.

Dr. Heinrich with this year’s San Jose Walk for the Cure organizer, Liz Chew.

GIST patient Rich Klein speaking to the walk attendees in San Jose.

GIST patient Rich Klein speaking to the walk attendees in San Jose.