"In my career, I have previously developed molecular diagnostic tests for cancer, including breast cancer and melanoma. Here at Clinical Genomics, I'm responsible for our clinical laboratory's blood tests for recurrence monitoring of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. I'm here because of my mom, Luci.
Luci taught me to read before I learned to tie my shoes. She always put my education above everything else, and that was her lifelong gift to me. As a single mom I knew she struggled to pay the bills, and worked multiple jobs so I could attend better schools.
Luci was a feisty five-foot-two-inch fighter all the way. She had enough surgeries and parts removed that we joked if she donated her body to a medical school, the students who studied her would be disappointed. When she was diagnosed with CRC, she was determined to fight it, and she looked forward to being a cancer survivor. Two years later her CRC recurred, and sadly my mom no longer had the strength for another fight. Shortly before she died, I promised her that I would do my best to help other people who have CRC.
A few years later, the position for clinical laboratory director at Clinical Genomics became available. I had been aware of CG's efforts in CRC, and when I did more background reading on the scientific research behind CG's test, i realized that this would be a very direct way to fulfill my promise to my mom. Every Colvera test we report to someone's doctor is my personal testament to the memory of Luci."