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We are excited and proud to share that our very own, Lisa Yen, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Monica Warner Award! Congratulations, Lisa!

The Monica Warner Award is presented annually by Novartis Oncology to honor a patient, supporter, or caregiver who inspires the NET community through their passionate involvement. The awardee embodies the passion, dedication, leadership, and spirit with which Monica Warner assisted patients, caregivers, and families affected by NETs. If you have the pleasure of knowing Lisa, you know she embodies all of this and more. shared the following about Lisa’s work with LACNETS and in the NET community: “In her role as Program Director, Lisa works with the team to plan monthly educational meetings and annual patient educational conferences, fostering an environment of true accessibility that results in enhanced understanding of disease management options. Her passion for holistic health, self-care, and community have also driven her to develop programming that goes beyond education to create a culture within the NET community that is welcoming, friendly, and inclusive.

“Lisa has developed a myriad of innovative programs including NETCONNECT, a peer mentorship program for newly diagnosed patients; the LACNETS Health Coaching Program, where patients receive individual self-care and well-being support; and a weekly virtual NET support group. Alongside LACNETS founder Giovanna Joyce Imbesi (a former Monica Warner Award winner) and City of Hope NET expert Dr. Dan Li, Lisa also co-created NET VITALS, a tool to empower patients and improve patient-provider communication. In addition, Lisa writes educational blogs for the LACNETS website. Because Lisa’s involvement with the NET community began with her husband’s diagnosis, she intimately understands the challenges of living with and caring for someone with NET and has also launched a monthly caregiver support group.

Read the full announcement including an in-depth profile on Lisa and her work for the NET community here. This award comes with a $10,000 donation from Advanced Accelerator Applications (AAA was acquired by Novartis in 2018) to a patient-focused charitable organization, which Lisa has graciously requested to be given to LACNETS. This is the second time LACNETS has been chosen as the charity of choice. Four years ago, LACNETS’ late founder, Giovanna Joyce Imbesi, was named the recipient of the 2016 Monica Warner Award. We are incredibly honored and grateful to receive this year’s donation! Novartis and AAA have also been long time supporters of LACNETS.

We can not put into words how fortunate we are to have Lisa on the LACNETS team. Lisa’s dedication and commitment to patient advocacy is inspiring to us all. She has touched the lives of countless NET patients and caregivers. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank Lisa for all she does and continues to do for LACNETS and the NET community!

Watch Lisa and her husband, Tom, share their inspiring NET journey in the video above.


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