Nancy Thomason - Founder & President Bio
Nancy lost her 17 month old son, Cade, to a brain stem tumor in February, 2000. At that time she vowed to fight the disease in honor and memory of her son.
Nancy founded the Oklahoma Brain Tumor Foundation and began the first support group specifically for brain tumor patients in the State of Oklahoma. In 2001 Nancy was appointed to a committee with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for her work as a cancer advocate. She consults and works with NCI on cancer clinical trials and issues affecting families with brain tumors. She has been sought for consultation on Patients Rights issues for grant applications submitted by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium and most major cancer treatment centers in the United States for funding amounts in excess of $30 million.
In addition to serving on the CARRA Program Committee for the National Cancer Institute, Nancy is a member of the American Association for Cancer Researchers (AACR) Women in Cancer Research, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), Oklahoma City Kiwanis Club, Oklahoma Academy and Sooner Stilettos. In 2006 Nancy was asked to participate on the 13 person expert panel for the National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Conference on Tobacco Use: Prevention, Cessation and Control.
Under Nancy’s leadership the Oklahoma Brain Tumor Foundation joined the prestigious membership of the North American Brain Tumor Coalition (NABTC), and is acting Board Member. Locally Nancy participates on the Indigent Cancer Care Task Force, and the Oklahoma Comprehensive Cancer Coalition Clinical Trials and Treatment Committee. On the national stage Nancy was appointed to the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Brain Tumor Committee and Patient Advocacy Committee and most recently the National Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Central Institutional Review Board.
Nancy has a weekly column in the Canadian County Chronicle called “Be an Empowered Patient” and writes weekly blogs the Brain Tumor Buzz and Be Your Own Patient Advocate.
Nancy was selected in 2005 and 2006 as the recipient of the prestigious award by the Journal Record Publishing Company as “50 Making a Difference” and was nominated for the 2005 and 2006 Oklahoma Woman of the Year and Oklahoma Magazines 2007 “40 Under 40”, 2008 Journal Records “40 Under 40”, first runner up Oklahoma Publishing Company “Spirit of Oklahoma Award” and the 2008 Downtown OKC Kiwanis Club Community Service Award.