MISSION & GOALS:
RWRM's mission is to Promote and Support:
- Private, public, and political initiatives in cancer research, clinical trials, and protocols specifically aimed at the treatment of young adults with cancer.
- The redesign of existing in-patient and out-patient treatment environments to better meet the physical, psychological, and social needs of young adult cancer patients.
- Collaboration among adult and pediatric units, and other care givers, to implement separate young adult cancer units.
- Education and support of young adults, and their families, who are fighting cancer together.
Our efforts to date have been evenly spread between these four objectives. We promote and support cancer research through The Ryan Waldheger Clinical Research Fund and provide ongoing support to fundraising efforts on behalf of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among young adults under the age of 20. To promote and support better treatment environments we've participated on the Patient and Family Advisory Council for University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center (Cleveland), speaking from experience as a young adult cancer patient family member. Nationally, to promote and support collaboration among adult and pediatric hospital units, we've worked to establish quality standards of care for adolescent and young adult cancer patients and to establish adolescent and young adult cancer fellowships. Read More... Finally, we promote and support education of young adults and their families by our participation in the Critical Mass adolescent and young adult cancer organization.