Erin Hartigan with her mother Susan in 2011. The two hit a Friday night football game as soon as Susan rolled into town.

Support the Texas Football Fundraiser for Neuroendocrine Cancer with your gift.  

Texas Football invites you to support the search for a cure to a cancer called neuroendocrine tumor (NET) in honor of Erin Hartigan’s family. In 2012, Erin lost her mother Susan Hartigan to  NET cancer.  Each November, advocates commemorate World NET Cancer  Awareness Day by working to improve awareness and knowledge of NETs. 

An overlooked, misunderstood cancer

As an uncommon cancer, neuroendocrine cancer affects 171,000 Americans. Since it is seen so rarely, it is misdiagnosed 50% of the time. Instead of being told they have cancer, people are told they have irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, or menopause. On average, people have symptoms for 5 years before learning they have neuroendocrine cancer. During these delays, the cancer grows and spreads to other organs in more than half of those with NETs.

Neuroendocrine Tumor (NET) Facts 

  • 1 in 2 NET patients is misdiagnosed.
  • 1 in 3 people have symptoms for 5+ years before being accurately diagnosed with NET.
  • 58% of NETs spread to other organs before being diagnosed.


The Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF) is the leading nonprofit organization advancing awareness and research of neuroendocrine cancers by:

  • Funding research to discover cures and more effective treatments for NETs.
  • Improving the lives of patients, families, and caregivers affected by NETs by providing informational and educational resources.