Thesecondopinion is now entering its 52nd year. Who would have guessed it would be our most formidable.
Despite all the challenges presented to us by COVID-19, we have continued to provide cancer patients with free, comprehensive second opinions, telephone consults and email responses utilizing over 70 volunteer physicians and Zoom telemedicine technology. One very positive outcome is that Zoom virtual telemedicine conferencing has provided cancer patients from all over California easier access to a second opinion.
Though we have worked hard to continue our service, uninterrupted by COVID, it has greatly hampered the organization’s fundraising efforts. We have had to cancel our spring fundraiser and several smaller appeals. We are also facing, as are all nonprofits, an increasingly competitive field in grant and foundation funding.
This is why I am appealing to you today for your financial support. We will need this fall fundraising cycle to provide us with the vital support needed for the coming year. Please help us to continue our unique service of providing support to patients and families as they struggle in their medical decision making.
Your generosity will make a difference in our community by allowing us to continue in our work.
Patient Testimonial — The Gift I Needed
At the age of 71, in late September of 2020, during the Covid pandemic and while evacuated from our home due to wildfire, I was misdiagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and began opinion due to the serious nature of my illness. I followed her advice and was fortunate to be accepted as a patient at thesecondopinion.
That wise choice has saved my life. It was a time fraught with anxiety, and thesecondopinion gathered all my medical records, set up a team of five experienced doctors to review it, and the pathologist immediately explained my earlier pathology report was likely incorrect. When I presented this to my oncologist, he immediately sought confirmation. Sure enough, my cancer is Non-Hodgkin’s T-cell Lymphoma and the diagnosis paved the way for the correct and optimal chemotherapy.
The proper diagnosis, due totally to thesecondopinion, moved me to seek treatment at a major medical facility, where the leading physicians in T-cell lymphoma are using Brentuximab, a monoclonal anti-body developed for this specific type of cancer, in lieu of a stem cell transplant.
The work at thesecondopinion is beyond what I would have expected. The mission of this non-profit is powerful, and a huge gift to the world of health. They were effective, caring and reliable; all gifts that someone in my situation need and honor.
–Caroline Hackett, Patient
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