On this edition of C-Sessions with your host, Randall Broad he interviews Erika Hanson Brown, CEO of PALTOWN.
Here are a few areas in which Paltown aims to make a difference:
Activism, Learning, Curing = Empower each patient’s experience for the benefit of self and other patients
Access to a large network of colon cancer patients / caregivers with expertise and database of the treatments and outcomes with thousands of colorectal patients
Initial focus on colorectal and eventually other cancers
Erika Hanson Brown is the “Founding Mayor” of COLONTOWN, an online community dedicated to improving the lives of people with colorectal cancer. Brown is also CEO and co-founder of PALTOWN, the non-profit organization that oversees COLONTOWN.
As an 18 -voice year survivor of stage III colon cancer, Brown is known for her high energy, fearlessness, networking skills, humor, and loving heart. She believes patients should be well informed and an active voice in decisions about their care, as partners with their doctors.
Motivated by this core belief, Brown founded COLONTOWN in 2011. The goal, empowering patients and caregivers to share information and seek the best treatments available. Several doctors told her the endeavor was ridiculous. Yet Brown persisted! These days, oncologists refer to COLONTOWN as, “The Patient Powerhouse.” Structured in private groups on Facebook, the group has more than 5,000 active “residents” from countries around the world. Through advocacy and relationships with medical professionals, COLONTOWN members are advancing the fields of colorectal cancer research and clinical practice.
In addition to her roles with COLONTOWN and PALTOWN, Brown serves on the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Colon Cancer Task Force, and is a CRC Dream Team member for Stand Up to Cancer. Brown celebrated 17 years of “dancing with NED” (no evidence of disease) on Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, 2020.