Tune to C-Sessions with your host, Randall Broad as he interviews Erika Hanson Brown, CEO of PALTOWN. C-Session will air Wednesday, November 11th at 4 p.m.
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.
Tune in to C-Sessions. . .with Randall Broad every Wednesday at 4 p.m. as he interviews patients, physicians, pharmaceutical, policy experts and others fighting for your rights to the answers you need.
In 2008, Randall was diagnosed with Stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC.) Following his ‘deemed inoperable’ surgery, the surgeon’s prognosis was a bleak one. He was told, “You best get your things in order.” With this directive, Randall set about “re-ordering” his life by reprioritizing his values. First on the list was his family; to have them know each other in a meaningful way.
Next on the relationship ‘to do’ list was his extended cancer family with focus on support, communication, and inspiration. Twelve years following his lifestyle reboot, he continues amongst the living and sharing healing stories.
The cancer journey led Broad to chronicle key learnings for posterity sake. What materialized was the Amazon best seller, It’s an Extraordinary Life – Don’t Miss It. The book has since opened the door to the world of professional speaking and full-time healthcare advocacy. The take away from this experience was to realize how much people engage by listening to stories…real life stories that touch on the fabric of life.
Last year, Broad subsequently created the program, C-Sessions. The goal, supporting cancer patients in their journey by creating a healthcare-focused program designed to improve communication and collaboration between Patients and their Healthcare Provider. The bottom-line, to improve outcomes.