Sisters launch foundation to help cancer patients enrolled in clinical trials

Published: Mar. 20, 2017 at 6:33 PM CDT
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A new non-profit based in the Dubuque area aims to help cancer patients cover the cost of traveling to clinical trials. It's called the More Moments More Memories Foundation.

Shelly, Christi and Sherry Shaw are sisters who are originally from Elkader, but now live in different cities across the country. Their mother died in 1996 after battling breast cancer. Christi Shaw says, later that year, a new cancer fighting drug became available that she says could have helped her mother live longer. But the family didn't know about the clinical trial.

Now, the sisters teamed up with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque to help families who can't afford to travel to clinical trials.

"Travel can be a gap. The cost of that travel can be a gap. So this foundation can help support individuals to follow clinical innovations and clinical trials," said Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque Director of Affiliate Foundations, M.J. Smith.

The money is available to cancer patients who live in Iowa, are enrolled in a clinical trial and have a financial need. Christi Shaw says she expects the foundation to help at least one patient per month.