About The Galen Foundation
The Galen Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by David Emerson, a cancer survivor from Cleveland, Ohio. The Galen Foundation is an operating foundation that manages PeopleBeatingCancer.org. PeopleBeatingCancer.org provides information, education and support for cancer survivors and caregivers.
We believe that individuals who manage their health live longer, better lives. A diagnosis of any cancer is overwhelming and frightening. There are medical terms we don't understand and treatments we have never heard of. Physicians give us invaluable advice and are the first line of defense against illness, but the many possible decisions surrounding a diagnosis ultimately rest with the individual.
We believe that learning from the experiences of others helps people live longer, better lives. Networking is a human instinct. When we need advice, we ask someone with experience. The information we provide is largely experience-based. We are a network, not a text book.
We believe that awareness of a full spectrum of approaches to confronting cancer will help people live longer, better lives. We welcome open discussion about any cancer fighting strategy because we believe everyone has a right to make their own decisions about their health. We do not sell or benefit from the sale of any treatment. We strive to offer an independent voice.
We believe that the profit motive can be detrimental to successful disease management. Galen, the ancient Greek physician after whom our organization is named, believed that the profit motive is incompatible with true healing. Unlike many other organizations devoted to health the Galen Foundation is not funded by pharmaceutical corporations.
The Galen Foundation was founded by David Emerson, a cancer survivor from Cleveland, Ohio. In 1994 David was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow. After surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and a peripheral blood stem cell transplant, the myeloma returned. David's oncologist told him that nothing more could be done. That was in September of 1997.
Confused and angered by the limitations of conventional oncology, David defied statistical odds by finding and using other therapies to survive. He sought out the Burzynski Research Institute in Houston, Texas where he underwent antineoplaston therapy. Seventeen months later his lesions disappeared and since April of 1999 David has been cancer free.
David learned from his experience and although he knows that the specific therapy he chose will not work for everyone, he believes strongly that people facing cancer have a right to information about a full spectrum of approaches to confronting cancer. The information about multiple myeloma David found on the internet helped to save his life, and he is passionate about helping others succeed in their battles against cancers of all kinds.