The world has lost a remarkable voice for kidney cancer. Laura Loughlin, KCCure’s Director of Patient Engagement, died from her disease on March 27th.
After her diagnosis with advanced disease, Laura found comfort in connecting with other patients and wrote about how supporting others gave her a new purpose and meaning. She was one of the first people I reached out to when we began building our patient communities. I’m grateful for the leadership she provided to KCCure and for the friendship she bestowed on me.
She helped launch our KCCure Ambassador program and represented the patient voice at meetings like ASCO and ASCO-GU. Laura always wanted to know more and learn more – so she could share that knowledge with others.
She was a wonderful champion of clinical trials, always encouraging patients to consider new treatment opportunities. In her quest to find a cure for herself, she made it her mission to help find a cure for others.
The world is a better place because of Laura and she will be missed by the thousands of individuals who sought out her advice and support. To her children, Katie and Steve – I hope you find comfort knowing that your mom was a beacon to so many.
Rest in peace my friend. Your fight was not in vain. Your voice lives on.