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Patient-Powered Disease-Specific Communities

PALTOWN Communities

Safe, authentic spaces for patients and caregivers. Our first community, COLONTOWN, is home to over 6000 colorectal cancer patients and caregivers.

Patient Leadership

PALTOWN's Empowering Patient Leaders Workshops train community leaders. Summer Workshop 2021: now accepting applications!

COLONTOWN: Here for You

Meet COLONTOWN patient and caregiver leaders in this award-winning video produced by COLONTOWN member Fernando Ruiz.


How Can I Help?

Our impact:

  • The surgeons and oncologists do their best at keeping us alive but COLONTOWN gives us LIFE!
    COLONTOWN Member
  • I went out to eat with [2 COLONTOWN caregivers] this evening. They absolutely love what COLONTOWN has provided and consider it the most valuable organization they have experienced since the cancer diagnosis of their husbands.
    COLONTOWN Member
  • my husband's best friend ... lived a year longer because of all we learned here.
  • I am truly grateful for the profound difference COLONTOWN has made in my life. From front line patient experiences to cutting edge clinical knowledge, these groups have provided me more than I could have ever asked for.
    Michelle Prince
    current patient
  • [Erika, PALTOWN CEO] has done more to bring comfort, understanding, and action of the lifesaving kind to colon cancer patients across the country and the world than any single physician or scientist I know.
    Dr. Stephen Schoenberger, Ph.D.
    Adjunct Professor, UCSD School of Medicine