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PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES

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Elle Charnisky

Elle Charnisky, a stage IV- cancer patient, is a true cancer fighter in every aspect of the term. Diagnosed with colorectal cancer at 36 years old and a warrior through numerous surgeries and treatment journeys (including a successful clinical trial), Elle Charnisky is recovering well from her latest life-saving surgical endeavors. 


“There is HOPE!” is a slogan Elle Charnisky profoundly lives by, a theme she believes we can all learn from. In addition to sharing her experience on a clinical trial at the GCCA’s 2021 Colorectal Cancer Congress, Ele will be sharing her story as a spokesperson for the GCCA’s Clinical Trial Awareness Program and Know Your Biomarker campaign.

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Martha Raymond, M.A. Ed.

 

Martha Raymond is the Founder/CEO of The Raymond Foundation and also serves as the Founding Executive Director of the GI Cancers Alliance.

For over thirty years, Martha has been a passionate and active advocate for cancer patients and caregivers.  She is a certified professional facilitator and serves as a frequent speaker and moderator for global oncology conferences and symposiums.  Martha also serves as an oncology consultant specializing in program development for clients in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and advocacy. 

Martha holds advanced graduate certifications in Integrative Medicine, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, and Patient Navigation, and has published research in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Cancer.