About REACT Thyroid Foundation

REACT Thyroid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is dedicated to creating awareness for thyroid cancer and raising funds to support research for new treatment options and ultimately find a cure.

EXCITING NEWS...REACT and ITOG to Merge 2019

The Board of Directors would like to thank you for supporting REACT, the inspiration of my dear daughter Michelle. Her passion and initiative to help others afflicted with medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) by creating REACT exemplifies her heart and selflessness.

Since Michelle’s passing, my daughter Kimberly and I have done our best to continue the good work of REACT, along with the wonderful assistance of many volunteers. We have raised over $750,000 over the years to invest in research to find a cure for thyroid cancer.

Kimberly and I have decided that the best way to keep Michelle’s legacy alive and expand the great work of REACT is to merge with the International Thyroid Oncology Group, or ITOG. ITOG is the preeminent organization that brings together the leaders in the field to develop better treatments for all types of thyroid cancer, including MTC. ITOG was inspired by another MTC patient, who like Michelle, turned her anxiety and feelings of hopelessness into action.   The merger with ITOG should be effective January 1, 2019.

The REACT name and mission will be preserved with ITOG. You can continue to support the work of REACT through your existing mechanisms. You will also see greater involvement from our friends at ITOG.

Kimberly and I are confident that ITOG has the best team to nurture and execute the mission of REACT. I know Michelle would be pleased as well.

Very truly yours,

Donna LeBeau,

Kimberly Caplea,

Megan McLoughlin, 
Vice President 

Research - Raise funds to support the research of top doctors, scientists and institutions

Education - Increase early detection through "Neck Checks" at home and during routine doctor appointments

Action - Encourage those touched by thyroid cancer to join this important crusade

Cancer - Grow support for thyroid cancer which currently lacks the funding other cancer research receives due to its low incidence rate

Thyroid - Reduce the number of thyroid cancer cases which the American Cancer Society estimates will be 56,000 new cases in the U.S. in 2012

The REACT Thyroid Foundation was founded in August 2011 by a courageous young woman, Michelle LeBeau. In 2009, at the age of 30, Michelle was diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma. At the time of diagnosis the cancer had spread to her lungs and was classified as stage 4C. There is no known cure for medullary thyroid carcinoma, or any form of advanced stage thyroid cancer, and it is not responsive to traditional chemotherapy.

Until recently, there have been little to no options for those diagnosed with advanced thyroid cancer. Fortunately, in recent years, there has been great progress made in the area of clinical research and promising treatments are on the horizon. In order to keep the momentum going it is critical that the doctors and scientists have adequate funding to develop clinical trials and conduct research. Michelle was inspired to help make a difference and decided to start a non-profit foundation to do just that.


Michelle LeBeau, founder of REACT Thyroid Foundation
June 22, 1979 - June 8, 2015

Michelle was a visionary and an inspiration to everyone who knew her and beyond. We celebrate her courage, strength, and determination to leave behind a legacy.

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