2 posts tagged “Dad”

The Patient Voice: Garth shares his cancer story for 24 Days of Giving

Posted December 12th, 2014 by

After Garth was diagnosed with cancer, he made a promise to his daughter Emma: he would write 826 napkin notes so she had one each day in her lunch until she graduated high school.

“In the beginning they never had a deep meaning. They were generally just notes of reminders. ‘I love you’ or ‘Have a good day.’ The notes took on a little different of a meaning after I was diagnosed with cancer. I recognized that I was looking at my legacy.”

Garth’s napkins are his personal legacy, but he also has a medical legacy – the health data he donates on PatientsLikeMe. This month, join Garth in 24 Days of Giving, a campaign centered around patients, driving medicine forward and making good things happen, together. Every piece of health data that is shared will contribute towards a $20,000 donation to Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island to help fund life-affirming wishes for seriously ill children.

If you’re already a member, add your data to 24 Days of Giving. If not, join PatientsLikeMe and see how your data can make a difference.

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Join Garth Callaghan for 24 Days of Giving

Posted December 2nd, 2014 by

Today’s the day we start to re-think what it means to give back, and we want you to come along with us. We’re kicking off 24 Days of Giving – a new campaign that’s all about the health data PatientsLikeMe members selflessly donate and how we can say thank you.

Today is also known as Giving Tuesday – a day that celebrates generosity. We’re hoping that after you celebrate by giving a donation of time or money to your favorite non-profit, you’ll consider coming back to PatientsLikeMe to donate your data. For every piece of health data you share on PatientsLikeMe over the next 24 days, we’re going to donate up to $20,000 to Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island to help fund life-affirming wishes for seriously ill children.

Not a PatientsLikeMe member yet? Join the community and start donating your #dataforgood. Already a member? Head to your 3-stars page to make an update and data donation.

Leading the charge- Garth Callaghan (@NapkinNotesDad)

Some of you might know Garth as the Napkin Notes Dad. He’s been diagnosed with cancer four times and may not live long enough to watch his daughter Emma graduate from high school. But he doesn’t dwell on that. Garth takes each day as a gift and has fulfilled a promise he made to write 826 napkin notes. Emma will have one waiting for her in every lunch until the day she graduates.

Garth’s personal legacy is his words, and on PatientsLikeMe, his medical legacy is his data. He’s sharing his experiences in the hopes that others can learn from his journey and help fight their own battles better.

“It certainly doesn’t help me to keep my symptoms or my side-effects secret. I feel that I owe other patients my experience. If I donate my data, if I share with an organization that can put it together and see a pattern … I’m helping all of the patients.”

We’ll keep everyone updated on the 24 Days of Giving drive, so keep an eye on our
PatientsLikeMe Twitter and Facebook. Want to share about the data you’ve donated with others on social? Use the hashtag, #24DaysofGiving.

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