We believe every person should have access to a second opinion when facing a life-threatening diagnosis. We established the Mike Shane Memorial Fund to help patients access a second opinion when they might not be able to afford it.
We’re teaming up with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a leading cancer treatment and second opinion provider, who has agreed to provide a second opinion consultation to grant recipients of the Mike Shane Memorial Fund. Qualifying patients may apply for this grant to cover a second opinion on their diagnosis of either cholangiocarcinoma or renal cell carcinoma. We’re starting out by specifically supporting patients facing these two rare conditions in memory of Mike Shane, a longtime friend and passionate supporter of our mission, and in honor of another friend close to the company.
Mike required a second opinion when facing cholangiocarcinoma, a rare liver cancer that eventually took his life. He was fortunate enough to have the resources to seek additional expertise which extended his time and quality of life. But we know that this isn't the case for everyone. In Mike's memory, we want to help others obtain an expert medical opinion.
A study from Mayo Clinic revealed that 88% of original diagnoses they reviewed were incorrect or incomplete. Now, more than ever, patients are seeking an expert opinion on their medical diagnosis before embarking on a treatment plan. In many cases, getting this second opinion can identify alternatives to invasive procedures or find difficult to diagnose conditions that can change the course of treatment. As part of our mission to improve medical outcomes, we want to help those facing a critical diagnosis receive an expert opinion that could change their life.
As the Mike Shane Memorial Fund is currently in its beginning stages, we are still working on determining the eligibility and application process associated with this fund. The details will be shared here as they are finalized. In the meantime, if you're interested in learning more, please let us know in the form below. Thank you in advance for being with us in our effort to help more patients afford an expert medical opinion!