A NETRF staff profile
The NETRF staff is small, but mighty, dedicated to overcoming a tenacious opponent—neuroendocrine cancers. Toward that noble mission, Laran Hyder, associate director of development and outreach, adeptly juggles a wide range of responsibilities with enthusiasm, passion, and purpose. And her inspiration comes from the patients, families, and researchers she interacts with every day.
Making a difference
Laran joined NETRF in April of 2012 as a communications coordinator. But her contributions quickly surpassed her defined role. She took on fundraising and patient education responsibilities, leading to her current post. The foundation hosts free patient and family educational conferences across the country throughout the year. Laran is the churning energy behind every detail. It is what she enjoys most about her job—connecting with patients, family members, and the faculty who are on the front line in dealing with this disease. Laran is often the first point of contact for patients calling the Foundation, donors honoring their loved ones, and other stakeholders who join us in the pursuit of our mission.
“I have met so many people along the way and still work with them. Some of the first researchers, donors, and families are still here supporting the cause. I come in every day and know that I am working for them and that makes my job so special,” said Laran.
A personal calling
She doesn’t openly share it, but Laran is driven by a personal connection to cancer. Her beloved grandfather endured a lengthy experience with bladder cancer, succumbing to the disease shortly before she joined NETRF.
“I watched him hold on, and the family come together to support and care for him. I knew then that I wanted to be involved with helping and educating other patients and caregivers and, ultimately, working to advance cancer research to find a cure,” said Laran.
She left her research assistant position at Mass General Hospital in pediatric psychopharmacology and brain imaging, to advocate for those affected by cancer. A route she wouldn’t have anticipated after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Akron, where she held University Honors Scholar Distinction and graduated summa cum laude in 2010.
A horse farm in East Liverpool, Ohio, remains Laran’s home in her heart. In Boston, however, she found her calling.
“This is not about a paycheck or a career,” said Laran. “It is about the people I meet. I come in every day to help them and extend their lives.”