GIST Support International (GSI) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that reaches out to GIST patients and their families and friends to provide education and support. GSI promotes and encourages ongoing research in the quest for a cure for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor.
- To be recognized as the premier GIST patient group: independent, unbiased and providing a respected international voice for GIST patients.
- To create a portal that GIST patients, caregivers, medical professionals, media and others think of as the FIRST place to go for complete, accurate, up-to-date information on Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors.
- To continue to provide an online community where both patients and caregivers can interact and feel comfortable sharing thoughts, ideas and experiences while working through the emotional roller-coaster of living with cancer.
- To produce top-quality educational products about GIST in order to enable all patients to become their own best advocates.
- To maintain an educational, informative website with accurate information about practical issues as well as medical aspects of GIST and its treatment.
- To translate key sections of our website for international GIST patients.
- To reach out internationally to all GIST patients who do not have access to the internet.
- To remain focused solely on GIST patients.
- Serve the general public and GIST patients in particular with the highest degree of ethics and professionalism in all matters.
- Maintain open and easy membership – no one will ever be asked to provide personal or medical information to join GSI.
- No dues – no member will ever be asked to pay dues or to make financial donations to GSI.
- Uphold our total commitment to GSIâ€™s open and transparent financial disclosure, as well as requiring the same from any organization seeking to advertise on our LISTSERV or website.
- To involve all GSI members who desire to participate in various working committees and daily activities of running the organization.
DEDICATION: Our website is dedicated to Cynthia Whitson and Rich Schlott, who were instrumental in our quest for an open support group.
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