Seattle, WA – The Binaytara Foundation organized the 2019 Summit on National and Global Cancer Health Disparities (SCHD19) on April 27-29,2019 in Seattle, WA. Program director and the BTF president Dr. Binay Shah inaugurated SCHD19 which was chaired by Dr. Gary Lyman and Dr. Julie Gralow of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Over 150 delegates and speakers, some of the nationally renowned cancer disparity experts and advocates among them, from the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world attended this two day summit that featured lectures, round-table discussions, and a debate on “single payer versus multiplayer healthcare” among various stakeholders. SCHD19 provided CME and Nursing continuing education credits for participating physicians and nurses.
Fundraising Gala & BTF Humanitarian Award
Seattle, WA – On April 27, 2019, the Binaytara Foundation organized its first fundraising gala to support the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center in Nepal. This event was held on the evening of the first day of SCHD19 and was attended by several Seattle area residents as well as participants of SCHD19. The Binaytara Foundation also awarded its first Humanitarian Award – “The Binaytara Foundation Humanitarian Award 2019” to Dr. Damiano Rondelli during this event. Dr. Rondelli is the Michael Reese Professor of Hematology at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, and has served as the board member of the Binaytara Foundation in the past. He was instrumental in establishing the BTF supported Bone Marrow Transplant Center at Civil Service Hospital in Nepal. In addition to Nepal, he is also actively working to improve access to BMT services in India, Cuba, several countries in Africa, and East Europe.
During his award acceptance speech, Dr. Rondelli stated that his first visit to Nepal in 2011 to participate in the BTF organized cancer conference changed his life as he developed interest in global health and started actively working on it. Dr. Rondelli has participated in almost all of the medical conferences organized by the Binaytara Foundation in the US and abroad.
The 2nd Northwest Cancer Climb
Bow, Wash. – The 2nd Annual Northwest Cancer Climb occurred on March 30, 2019. We had over 100 hikers come out and hike to the top of Oyster Dome trail as a part of this BTF fundraiser. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and all together we raised $8430 including $5000 in grants, $2630 in registration fees, and $800 donations/pledges to help fund the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center in Janakpur, Nepal. We want to thank everyone who supported this event, and are looking forward to our next climb!
Recap of the 6th NWCS
Bellingham, Wash. – The 6th Northwest Cancer Patient Summit took place on March 16, 2019. We had a total of 39 attendees come learn about various aspects of managing cancer. Dr. Binay Shah gave a talk on new updates in immunotherapy. Dr. VK Gadi spoke on targeted therapy in breast cancer, and Dr. Alexei Polishchuk presented on symptoms of cancer recurrence. Finally, Erin Paschall of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society provided tips for staying financially sound during cancer treatment. Our next NWCS will be July 27, 2019, so mark your calendars!
Representative Bobby Rush joins SCHD19 Debate Panel
SEATTLE, Wash. – Rep. Bobby Rush will join the debate “Single-payer vs. Multi-payer Healthcare in America” as a panelist during the 2019 Summit on National and Global Cancer Health Disparities.
SEATTLE, Wash. — Dr. Julie Gralow, director of breast medical oncology at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, has joined the board of directors of the Binaytara Foundation, an international cancer health nonprofit based in Washington state. Continue reading.
Training continues for India hospice and palliative care project
Madhya Pradesh, India — The Binaytara Foundation through early 2019 will provide hospice and palliative care training to about 60 nurses in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India as part of its ambitious project to establish those services throughout the entire state. Continue reading.
Nationally renowned oncologists to chair Seattle cancer disparities conference, SCHD19
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The 2019 Summit on National and Global Cancer Health Disparities will be chaired by Dr. Gary Lyman, Co-Director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, and Dr. Julie Gralow, the Director of Breast Medical Oncology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Continue reading.
Larry King joins SCHD19 as debate moderator
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The 2019 Summit on National & Global Cancer Health Disparities will feature two debates moderated by Larry King. The debates will cover the topics “Improving Access to Care: #singlepayer versus #multipayer healthcare” and “Reform in #FDA drug approval process: Is it desirable?” Continue reading.
Abstracts published from the 2018 Summit on National & Global Cancer Health Disparities
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Abstracts presented at the 2018 Summit on National and Global Cancer Health Disparities have been published in Anticancer Research journal. Click here to view the complete publication.
Binaytara Foundation to establish comprehensive cancer center in Nepal
RAMGOPALPUR, Nepal — The Binaytara Foundation, an international health nonprofit based in Washington state, has partnered with the city of Ramgopalpur in Nepal to establish the region’s first public comprehensive cancer center, which will serve about 20,000 patients annually from Nepal and its neighbor India. Continue reading.
Binaytara Foundation hosts 4th Northwest Cancer Patient Summit
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Binaytara Foundation hosted the Fourth Northwest Cancer Patient Summit on June 16, 2018, at PeaceHealth St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center. Continue reading.
BOW, Wash. — Nearly 90 hikers summited Oyster Dome on March 31 during the inaugural Northwest Cancer Climb, raising over $4,000 to help improve cancer care in resource-poor communities worldwide. Continue reading.
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith participates in live debate on rising cost of cancer care
SEATTLE — U.S. Rep. Adam Smith participated in a live debate on who’s to blame for the rising cost of cancer care during the 2018 Summit on National and Global Cancer Health Disparities held April 28–29 in Seattle. Continue reading.
Binaytara Foundation establishes hospice, palliative care training center in India
UJJAIN, Madhya Pradesh — The Binaytara Foundation, an international cancer health nonprofit based in Washington State, established the first home hospice and palliative care training center in February in Madhya Pradesh, India, a state of 73 million. Continue reading.
‘Seven Summits’ mountaineer Dave Mauro participates in NW Cancer Climb
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Dave Mauro, a Bellingham resident and mountaineer who has summited the highest peak on every continent, participated March 31 in the Northwest Cancer Climb at Blanchard Mountain. Continue reading.
Binaytara Foundation provides free cancer patient education
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Binaytara Foundation hosted the Northwest Cancer Patient Summit on Feb. 3, 2018, at PeaceHealth St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center. Continue reading.
Binaytara Foundation Hosts Hospice and Palliative Care Summit in Nepal
JANAKPUR, Nepal – The Binaytara Foundation, a cancer health nonprofit based in Washington, hosted its first Hospice and Palliative Care Summit from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 24 in Janakpur, Nepal, to educate local health care providers about the importance of those services. Continue reading.