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.
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. More»