Our 2018 “Ripples of Hope” award winner was Season 15 “Top Chef” fan favorite, Chef Fatima Ali. Chef Fati has been incredibly open and honest in sharing her cancer experience with the world. Take a look at the tribute video we put together to honor her featuring messages from fellow contestants Chef Adrienne Cheatham and Chef Christopher Scott as well as from “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi.

Chef Fati also shared today in Bon Appetite Magazine that her cancer is back: 

“The cancer cells my doctors believed had vanished are back with a vengeance in my left hip and femur bone. My oncologist has told me that I have a year to live, with or without the new chemotherapy regimen. I was looking forward to being 30, flirty, and thriving. Guess I have to step it up on the flirting. I have no time to lose.

It’s funny, isn’t it? When we think we have all the time in the world to live, we forget to indulge in the experiences of living. When that choice is yanked away from us, that’s when we scramble to feel. I am desperate to overload my senses in the coming months, making reservations at the world’s best restaurants, reaching out to past lovers and friends, and smothering my family, giving them the time that I so selfishly guarded before.”

You can read the entire piece here. Warning: it’s beautiful. Team Consano is sending Chef Fati so much love. ❤️

🎉 Thanks to you, we raised over $150,000 this year at Consano PDX! 🎉

Wow! What an epic night! Thank you for your incredible generosity!!! Big thank you to each of you for being a part of the Consano community. You all embody the meaning behind Heal It Forward!

Huge thank you to Storm Large for the show-stopping impromptu performance and for reminding us that you never know what’s going to happen at Consano PDX!

Keep sharing your photos and videos on social media with the tags #consanoPDX and #healtiforward. It’s been so fun to see how you all experienced this amazing night! Professional photos from Lindsey Wiatt Photography will be available soon, so look for those on Facebook and tag yourself!

We couldn’t do this without our very generous sponsors. Consano PDX is presented by Oregon Anesthesiology Group. Huge thank you to our Heal sponsors: Foundation, Lindquist Development Co., Regence, The Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery and Trauma Specialists.

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Make sure you grab tickets to Consano PDX while they last! 

Friday, September 21st | 6pm | Portland Art Museum

 

Featuring our “Ripples of Hope” award winner, Chef Fatima Ali! “Top Chef” fan favorite and cancer survivor, Chef Fati epitomizes the idea of healing it forward!

And don’t miss some amazing auction items!

Do you want to have dinner in the GM’s suite with Jerry Dipoto before a Seattle Mariners Game? This is after you are on the field for batting practice prior to a Mariners home game, meet & greet and photo ops with select players. And then you get to enjoy the game. Don’t miss this and other amazing auction items at Consano PDX!

Purchase tickets to the event here: https://consano.tofinoauctions.com/consanopdx2018

We had a fantastic time this past weekend meeting new friends, seeing some familiar faces and celebrating the impact we can each have on this world! It’s always exciting to share the Consano story, and these roadshow events make that a fun experience, too. Stay tuned for our next roadshow event… info to come soon! And thank you Los Angeles, for healing it forward with us!

 

Please join us for a “Get to know Consano” Happy Hour on Saturday, June 2nd from 4:30-6:30pm. Enjoy bites and beverages while you learn more about Consano’s mission, impact and how you can get involved.

This event will be held at a private residence in the Santa Monica area and is by invitation only, so feel free to email Team Consano at info@consano.org with the subject “Los Angeles Event” if you’d like to join us.

We are proud to share that our founder, Molly Lindquist, was awarded an Eagle Rare Life $5,000 prize for Consano in the heroism category. We are so grateful for all of your votes and support, which put her in consideration for the prize. Scott Finkelstein nominated Molly, and the nomination can be seen below. You can read about the other winners here.

Eagle Rare Life Nomination: Heroism

A hero is defined as one who shows great courage. Without a doubt, my wife, Molly Lindquist, is the most inspiring person I know and exemplifies all the qualities of a hero. When Molly was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 at the age of 32, I never imagined how that experience would motivate her to become a champion for innovative medical research funding. But after enduring surgeries and chemotherapy, she emerged a different woman, beyond the scars and the fear; Molly had a purpose. Like so many other cancer patients, Molly wanted to ‘pay it forward’ and make an impact for other patients who might walk her same path. For Molly, and for so many other patients, supporting medical research to find new and improved treatment options is the most effective way to make things better. Molly wanted to directly support research projects that mattered to her, projects that could help our girls. But much to Molly’s surprise, no simple mechanism existed to enable transparent and directed donations to innovative medical research. So Molly created one, and Consano was born.

Instead of letting this experience darken her world, Molly was invigorated. By creating something positive out of this journey, Molly gave our entire family an outlet that has helped us all to heal. Consano, which means “to heal” in Latin, was created to provide a way for any family who has been touched by illness to find healing through sharing their stories and directly supporting the research that matters to them. Before Consano existed, the only way someone could directly support a specific research project was to donate large sums of money 5 or 6 figure donations. By democratizing this process, Consano enables anyone to have the same direct-ability, transparency, and connection with innovative researchers at more than twenty top academic institutions across the country.

Since founding Consano in 2013, Molly has helped to raise over $1,000,000 to support innovative medical research. Molly has become a national leader in digital health, with features in TIME, Tech Crunch, and Fast Company among others. She blogs about her cancer experience for the Huffington Post and was named a 2014 Knowledge Networks Rising Star by Portland Monthly magazine, a 2014 Orchid Award Winner and a 2015 “40 Under 40” award recipient by the Portland Business Journal. But her most meaningful work hits much closer to home. She spends many hours talking with frightened breast cancer patients who are unsure how to tell their small children about their disease and provides insight into what life after treatment looks like. Although difficult and emotionally draining, Molly answers all of their questions, providing hope when appropriate, and always giving love and support.

After facing a health crisis, many people are inspired to increase awareness for their disease through volunteering and mentoring. While these are important contributions, that wasn’t enough for Molly. She identified a real need for greater transparency and connection between patients and medical research, and then devoted thousands of unpaid hours to create an organization to address this. While Molly’s breast cancer diagnosis is unfortunately common, what she has done with this experience is truly extraordinary. Beyond the money raised and projects supported, her daughters know that mommy is doing everything possible to help keep them healthy in the future.

100% of every donation to medical research on the Consano platform goes directly to the research project or Honor Fund, giving complete transparency and control to the donor. Consano takes no percentage to support operations. In addition, Consano’s Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of physicians, researchers, and patient advocates, vets every project to ensure it is high quality, legitimate, and has the potential to translate into improvements in patient care. This unique screening process sets Consano apart, and allows donors to have confidence that their donation will make a real impact exactly where they choose. A $50,000 Eagle Rare Life Award would fund six months of Consano’s operational expenses, enabling the organization to grow more rapidly and “heal it forward” for more patients and families.

Molly’s breast cancer diagnosis showed our family firsthand that life can change in an instant, that tomorrow is never guaranteed, and that we must spend each day doing what we can to make the world better. As Molly has written, “My cells malfunctioned. Cancer grew. I can’t change that. But what I can do is use my personal cancer experience as a catalyst for change.” It is incredibly inspiring to see Molly’s story of resilience motivating others to take back control of their stories and “heal it forward,” too.

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