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Disrupting the System VII is online this year!

For our 7th Disrupting the System annual summit, Lazarex Cancer Foundation has made the decision to forgo an in-person gathering to put all our available resources to funding the crisis of need that exists for travel reimbursements to cancer clinical trials. We remain committed to driving positive and provocative conversations to promote equity, improve access and bring about much needed change in cancer care. 

On June 12, 2024, we will release Disrupting the System VII – a Conversation Series on YouTube and our social media channels. Tune in anytime to hear from disruptors, innovators and changemakers who are driving positive change in the fight against cancer and cancer health disparities. 

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The Story Behind the Story

Lazarex founder Dana Dornsife and author Carmen Bogan discuss their collaborative project to inspire Black boys to become doctors: Willis Watson is a Wannabe. This new children’s picture book was published this year by Simon & Schuster.

“If you can see it, you can be it.”

  • Carmen Bogan is a children’s author, publisher and frequent speaker. A recipient of the New Voices Award from Lee & Low Books, Carmen is a staunch children’s literacy advocate who believes that all children deserve to read about characters that reflect their own lives, dreams, and cultures.  Read Carmen’s bio here.
  • Dana Dornsife is the Founder and Chief Mission and Strategy Officer of Lazarex Cancer Foundation, a nationwide non-profit organization that helps advanced-stage cancer patients find and access treatment through FDA clinical trials. Read Dana’s bio here.
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Improving Access to Cancer Clinical Trials

Hear why the medical advances available through FDA cancer clinical trials remain elusive for the majority of cancer patients. Learn what you can do to make cancer clinical trials more equitable and accessible.

Erin’s experience as a wife and mother dealing with her [late] husband’s cancer diagnosis and his subsequent death makes her uniquely qualified to support others in similar situations. It also fuels her passion for the Lazarex mission. Mike’s cancer journey revealed many gaps that exist for patients who need access to clinical trials for a chance at hope and life and sowed the seeds for the founding of Lazarex Cancer Foundation.

  • Erin Miller is the Development Manager for Lazarex Cancer Foundation. She is also a passionate patient advocate and a mentor for people caring for loved ones who have been diagnosed with cancer. Read Erin’s bio here.

This year’s Disruptor Awardees are two individuals who are working tirelessly to improve access to cancer care and cancer health outcomes.

Disrupting the System VII Awardee Congresswoman Frederica Wilson

The Disruptor Award

Hear from 2024 Lazarex Disruptor Awardee Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL). She leads the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys and is receiving the award for her work to inspire more Black men to go into the medical field.

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson proudly represents Florida’s 24th Congressional District. As a former educator, elementary school principal, community leader, school board member, state legislator, and founder of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, Congresswoman Wilson has earned a reputation as a “Voice for the Voiceless.”

Read Congresswoman Wilson’s bio here.

Disrupting the System VII Awardee Nicholas St. Fleur

The Disruptor Award

Hear from award-winning journalist Nicholas St. Fleur, who covers racial disparities for STAT and is the host of the Color Code podcast. He received the 2024 Disruptor Award for the work he does to focus on racism in the healthcare system – especially as it relates to clinical trials. 

Nicholas St. Fleur is a general assignment reporter and associate editorial director of events at STAT, where he covers the intersection of race, medicine, and the life sciences. He hosts the award-winning health equity podcast “Color Code.”

Read Nicholas’ bio here.

About Disrupting the System

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Disrupting the System is an annual summit hosted by Lazarex Cancer Foundation to provide a platform for provocative and constructive dialogue to lead to positive change in the fight against cancer and cancer health disparities. The event brings together disruptors, innovators and change-makers in oncology and patient advocacy all united in one goal: to identify opportunities to tackle the tough issues and take action to support equitable patient access, improve cancer health disparities, and achieve better cancer health outcomes for ALL.

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