Saturday November 20, 2021             6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p,m.
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345 Hicksville Rd
Bethpage, NY 11714

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Maryann Wahmann
Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network

What is Neuroendocrine Cancer?

Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) is the umbrella term for a group of unusual, often slow- growing cancers, which arise from neuroendocrine cells found throughout the body. For years this group of cancers was identified as a specific disease called carcinoid. This term is being replaced in medical literature by the term NETs.

Here are things you may not know about this disease:


Carcinoid /NET cancers are known to affect over 175,000 patients in the United States.
12,000 people are diagnosed annually.
Initially, over 90% of all Carcinoid/ NET patients are incorrectly diagnosed and treated for the wrong disease.
Average time from initial onset of symptoms to proper diagnosis exceeds five years.
Many patients go untreated for years and have been told they have another disease. However, due to the generosity and selfless effort of many people, progress IS being made!

If the tumors are found early and you get proper treatment, you can live a long life. There are many 20 year survivors living in the USA. Failure to diagnose the disease and provide proper treatment, however, has the most serious consequence.

Why Contribute to NCAN?

To better reflect the community we serve, CCAN is now NCAN- a 501(c)(3) non-profit incorporated in 2004. Our Mission is to intensify awareness of Neuroendocrine Cancer including Carcinoid. NCAN provides information and support to NET patients / caregivers via e-mail, our web site, and toll free phone. The phone line, answered by a patient or caregiver at all times, is open 7 days a week 9 am – 9 pm EST, 365 days a year! We want you to know the person on the other end of the phone understands first-hand about the disease. We’ve also sent several thousand free information packets on request. We provide support groups with information, awareness items and financial support.

NCAN has produced 85 conferences both national and regional around the country. These events have been beneficial for thousands of patients and their families. With these conferences, we keep patients up-to-date on information impacting the decisions made regarding their care, including new diagnostics and treatments available and upcoming. NET CARE a division of NCAN has started educating medical professionals now as well.

 NCAN has been a proud member of The North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society since 2006, providing funding and support. Maryann Wahmann had served on the NANETS advisory board since 2009 through 2016,  also served  on the advisory board of The Healing NET Foundation. Serve on The SPORE advisory council since 2012.


What's with the Zebra?

Did you ever wonder where the Zebra mascot got started, or those stuffed zebras and zebra bracelets came from? They were designed by CCAN back in 2003. You can say we were "The Original ZEBRA". It describes NET patients well because no two zebra's stripes are the same and NO two NET Cancer patients are the same. The other reason is that in medical school students are taught when hearing hoof beats think horses not zebras. In other words, look for the common not the uncommon or rare. Since then over 450,000 bracelets have been distributed. We also distribute other awareness items such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, tote bags, rulers, lapel pins, x-mas ornaments and car magnets.

Together we can beat neuroendocrine cancer!

17th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

2021 Above and Beyond Award Recipient- Dr. Aman Chauhan

                                                   Dr. Chauhan                   


Honorary Gala Chairman- Henry (Hank) Mulligan

   Hank Mulligan

The Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network's Board of Directors invites you to our 17th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala. It's an evening of sharing- with Dinner, Cocktails, Dancing, a Silent Auction and Raffles. Funds raised will benefit neuroendocrine cancer patients and get us one step closer to a cure!

Take Action, Make a Difference!

Your participation will help NCAN keep important programs like these available to neuroendocrine cancer patients:

Patient Hotline
Patient Conferences
Information Packets
Support Group Assistance
Funding for Research

How to purchase your gala tickets / donate:
Tickets to this fabulous event are $125 per person. Discount price for a table of 10 is $1,100.

To Mail in a Donation- Please Make Checks Payable to NCAN Inc. Mail to NCAN, 3074 Brookchase Blvd Fort Mill, SC 29707

Call 866-850-9555 with a credit card

Tax ID # 20-1544357
NCAN is listed with www.guidestar.org & www.greatnonprofit.org

The power of your contribution...

The money you give will help the Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network continue to provide programs and services essential to neuroendocrine cancer patients.
Your contribution, large or small, makes a difference:
-$15 provides supplies to a patient support group for a month
-$25 supplies a comprehensive patient information packet to a neuroendocrine cancer patient, ensuring that the patient will be a good advocate for his/her care
-$50 provides DVDs showing cutting edge information from a NET patient conference to a patient
-$100 from 20 donors sends an expert to provide urgently needed information at a patient conference
-$200 keeps the patient hotline open for a month
-$500 sponsors a patient to attend a regional patient conference
-$1,000 sponsors a doctor to learn more about neuroendocrine cancer and earn CME credits
starts the ball rolling toward a regional patient conference 

Sponsorship of this event is generously provided by: