ATA Alliance for Thyroid Patient Education
American Thyroid Association, Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation, the Light of Life Foundation, ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association, Thyroid Cancer Canada and Thyroid Federation International
American Thyroid Association® members have long served as advisors, consultants, and speakers for thyroid patient support organizations. As an association, ATA works closely with other highly regarded professional and patient education organizations to maintain the highest level of reliable information to the public and patients.
ATA Alliance for Thyroid Patient Education
The goal of our organizations is to provide accurate and reliable information for patients about the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of thyroid diseases.
WHO WE ARE
AMERICAN THYROID ASSOCIATION
Our mission is to fight cancer through research, education and inspiration.
Bite Me Cancer was formed as a nonprofit foundation in September, 2010, by Nikki Ferraro, who was 17-years old at the time. Nikki was diagnosed with Sporadic Medullary Thyroid Cancer in April 2010 when she was a junior at Chantilly HS in Virginia. Nikki’s goals for Bite Me Cancer are focused on 2 large projects: (1) is to support teenagers battling all cancers by providing them with Teen Support Bags containing items specifically chosen for teenagers to use and (2) raising research funds and awareness for thyroid cancer.
Bite Me Cancer has shipped out 2,800 bags to 70 hospitals across the United States as of May 2016. With the Bite Me Cancer thyroid cancer research program, the foundation has funded 3 grants through a collaboration with the American Thyroid Association as of July 2016.
Founded in 1990, the Graves’ Disease Foundation offers support and resources to Graves’ disease patients, their families, and health care professionals. Their mission is to find the cause of and the cure for Graves’ thyroid disease through research, to improve the quality of life for persons with Graves’ disease and their caregivers and to educate persons with Graves’ disease, their caregivers, healthcare professionals, and the general public about Graves’ disease and its treatment. The web site features a monitored bulletin board.
The Light of Life Foundation, founded in 1997, is a nonprofit organization that strives to improve the quality of life for thyroid cancer patients, educate the public and professionals about thyroid cancer, and promote research and development to improve thyroid cancer care.
ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc., founded in 1995, is an international nonprofit organization, guided by a medical advisory council of renowned thyroid cancer specialists, offering support and information to thyroid cancer survivors, families, and health care professionals worldwide.
ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. (ThyCa), through a collaboration with the American Thyroid Association, has provided funding in support of 54 special research grants focused on thyroid cancer and medullary thyroid cancer since 2003.
THYROID CANCER CANADA
Thyroid Cancer Canada is a non-profit organization founded in 2000. The organization works towards creating an environment in which people who are dealing with thyroid cancer, especially the newly diagnosed, are met with support and information. Their goals & objectives include facilitating communication among thyroid cancer patients, providing credible information about the disease, providing emotional support, and assisting thyroid cancer patients with voicing their needs to health care professionals and those who are responsible for health care policy.
THYROID FEDERATION INTERNATIONAL
Thyroid Federation International (TFI) was established in Toronto in 1995. Thyroid Federation International aims to work for the benefit of those affected by thyroid disorders throughout the world by providing a network of patient support organizations.
Patient education and support organizations
Magic Foundation (support and education to families of children with growth disorders)
Professional organizations providing information for patients
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
Hormone Health Network (promoting understanding of hormones and disease)
International Thyroid Oncology Group
The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)
NIH (government) educational information
Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
Talking to Your Doctor Website from NIH