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GIST Support International - Mission and Philosophy
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MISSION

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.

VISION

  • 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.


GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • 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 GSI’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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