NET Cancer Day
Sep 10 2013
On August 31, 2013, the carcinoid/neuroendocrine tumor (NET) community throughout the world lost one of its most passionate advocates, Maureen Coleman, Founding Past President of CNETS Canada and a founding member of the International Neuroendocrine Cancer Alliance (INCA).
In Memoriam, Maureen Coleman, Founding Past President, CNETS CanadaAfter retiring from teaching, Maureen, a NET cancer patient diagnosed in 2000, dedicated her time to supporting other NET cancer patients. She initiated the first support meeting of Canadian NET patients in Toronto, Ontario in May of 2001. During the next six years, along with this small group of patients, she developed the foundation for the organization that became incorporated as CNETS Canada in 2007. She served as President of CNETS Canada from its incorporation until December 2012.
Maureen had an enormous impact on the NET cancer community – touching the lives of individuals and their loved ones; making huge strides in funding NET cancer research in Canada; and bringing awareness of these rare diseases to Health Canada authorities, other political officials, physicians, and the public. She envisioned a CNETS Without Borders, an international network of patient support groups which act locally, while cooperating globally. Thus was borne CNETS Singapore and her global vision was later realized in the creation of INCA, which initially began as the informal organization, the World NET Community.
We will miss her ever-present smile, her dedication and commitment to the NET cancer community, her desire to help those who are newly diagnosed as well as those living with NETs for many years, her knowledge, her compassion, and her vision. But she will always remain with us because we will each work a little harder to ensure that what she envisioned for the NET cancer community will be her legacy.
We extend our deepest sympathies to Maureen’s family, friends, and colleagues. Please CLICK HERE for information about making donations in Maureen’s memory and to sign the memorial book for her family. We welcome all to express their condolences and memories of Maureen on the NET Cancer Day Facebook page. And visit the CNETS Canada website to read the organization’s moving tribute to Maureen.