Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Teresa was just 20 when she met Henk, a Dutchman, and together they moved to California to raise their five children and launch an electronic manufacturing business. When Henk was first diagnosed with liver NETs more than 20 years ago, Teresa and Henk thought that a cancer diagnosis meant that his time would be short-lived.

“We dove into Henk’s illness, trying to learn as much as we could about this rare cancer and the treatment options available, crisscrossing the country to attend patient conferences and speak with the experts.” 

Teresa and Henk were inspired to help raise awareness and advance NET research and became enduring donors to NETRF as members of our Giving Society. After decades of thriving, Henk passed away. Teresa remains grateful, though, for the time they had together. 

“Thanks to NETRF and their research, Henk had such a good quality of life for a long time.” She continues to support NETRF to help future generations of her family and others affected by NETs, including those who may not have the financial resources to travel for treatment. 

“I contribute to NETRF because I want to ensure that each person – no matter their income or language – can access the best treatment options. We traveled to Holland four times for treatment and constantly navigated the health insurance system. Not everyone can do that. I want to help change that with NETRF.”

Join Teresa as we open new doors to NET discoveries.

Now through June 30, 2023, thanks to a generous pledge from the Li Family, every donation will be matched – dollar for dollar – up to $15,000. Your gift will be doubled, multiplying new pathways to NET discoveries. Your support will also ensure that patients have access to our expert NET education and resources. Please help us by making a gift today by clicking the donate button below.