At age 35, Janice McGrath was diagnosed with breast cancer and in 1994 it became metastatic. The young woman was told that she would probably not live to see her 40th year. After aggressive treatment that included a bone marrow transplant and multiple clinical trials, Janice, now 54, has outlived that dire prognosis.
While waging her own battle against cancer, Janice devoted herself to helping others cope with the disease by joining the New England Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. In 2010, after eight years as its executive director, she stepped down to resume treatment, but she continues to serve the organization as president.
With pioneering leadership, Janice has forged a community of patients and survivors, as well as family members and friends, that is a potent force for advocacy, education and mutual support. Through conferences and online resources, the coalition helps patients manage the spectrum of challenges they confront as they live through and beyond diagnosis and treatment.
“While dealing with her own illness, Janice has helped so many other people,” writes cancer survivor Lynne Graziano Morin, coalition board member. “Janice inspires us with her courage, generosity and grace.”
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- David J. Kuter, MD, Dphil
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- Ashley Bonner
- Kathleen A. Stakes, RN, MS, CPON
- Gordon B. Zacks
- Farrah Fawcett and the Farrah Fawcett Foundation
- Big Y
- Corey Jacobson
- Estelle Sugarman
- Barry Lipsett & Charles River Apparel
- Mary Philopoulos
- Steve Beauville
- Kate Murphy
- Lazarex Foundation
- Dorothy Binford
- Evangelos S. Gragoudas, MD
- Jeff Warren
- Uniting Against Lung Cancer
- Comprehensive Grammar School Kids Cancer Club
- Moireen and Aaron Ruotsala
- Jennifer E. D’Alotto, MSW, LCSW
- Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH
- Kathleen Lopez, RN
- James E. Bradner, MD
- Lisa Gatti Whelan, RN, BSN
- Sailing Heals
- Philip Gosnell
Mass General honors 100 individuals and groups for their diverse contributions to the fight against cancer.
There is strength in numbers and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center proves this each year. the one hundred is the Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, honoring 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer. Funds raised at the gala support research, patient care, education and community outreach programs. Meet the Honorees.