Dear Friends and Family,
I’m a Doctor AND I have CANCER!
Specifically, I have NEUROENDOCRINE TUMOR (NET) or CARCINOID.
You’ve probably never heard of it – I had to dig deep into my medical school memory banks for the information I learned about this disease.
It is RARE!! It is diagnosed in 1:100,000 – 120,000 annually (that’s 10 people in 1 million!!!)
You might be surprised to learn that, even being a doctor, I had no clue I had this growing and spreading inside my body. My life and career has always been focused on improving and maintaining health. By the time I was diagnosed, it had already metastasized to my liver and, yet, I was a picture of GREAT health – eating organic, running marathons, swinging kettlebells. I was enjoying life with my husband and raising 3 incredible children!
HARD TO BELIEVE THIS WOULD HAPPEN TO ME!
I may have had this for over 10 years before diagnosis!! But, I am NOT THE EXCEPTION! This is very typical for this disease.
Symptoms tend to be vague. Most people affected with this disease see multiple specialists over several years before the disease is FINALLY discovered and diagnosed. More than half of the patients already HAVE METASTASES at the time of diagnosis.
Since NET is so rare, this disease does not receive much attention or funding. Research for better diagnosis and treatment is still in its youth and continued funding is a must!!!
It is a disease that is never truly gone, even with the best treatments we currently have.
In late 2020, MOST of my disease was removed in 2 major surgeries. There are not enough words to express my overwhelming gratitude to my INCREDIBLE team of caregivers at The Mayo Clinic led by Dr. David Nagorney and at Michigan Medicine led by Dr. Christopher Sonnenday.
And yet, I am aware that my fight against this disease is not done!
That is why I am trying to raise $15,000 and asking for your help in this endeavor. (Keep reading to see how you can help!)
To honor my recovery from 2 surgeries, I will be participating in 2 challenges.
On Sunday, September 26th, for the anniversary of Surgery #1, I will be walking the Grand Canyon, rim-to-rim, with my friends Stacy Marko and Kriket Tomasi.
Three weeks later, on Sunday, October 17th, I will run the Detroit Half Marathon. You may recall, my 2020 marathon relay team raised over $8,000 for NETRF. Cassi Cohen, Alaina Kronenberg, Randy Carrick, and Lauren Aronoff – YOU ROCK!!!
Elizabeth’s friends brought her along in spirit on the 2020 Rim Walk
Elizabeth and her teammates at
the Detroit Marathon
I hope to inspire anyone struggling with cancer AND I want to increase awareness of this rare disease of Neuroendocrine Tumor. Your donation to NETRF will help to fund research to beat this disease for me and all NET patients! (Scroll down to make your gift today!)
With LOVE and GRATITUDE,
P.S. I would love to have company on my run – always looking for others to join me on October 17th for the Detroit (Half)Marathon.
Dates and Location
Grand Canyon Walk. Starting at North Rim, Walking to South.
All in one day!
Detroit Half Marathon.
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Checks payable to NETRF,
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