Ms. Brown, a Montana native, had a healthy career as a corporate executive search professional until – at age 58 – she was diagnosed with late-stage colorectal cancer. Treatment completed, her interests refocused upon the undeveloped niche of disease-specific patient empowerment.
Patient Power has taken a step forward with her founding of PALTOWN Development Foundation. PALTOWN supports its first community – COLONTOWN, “where experience reaches out.” It is an online community made up of deeply engaged, “wildly supportive”, experience-specific, secret support groups that are exclusively dedicated to CRC patients and family members. COLONTOWN has become a model for patient community-building, creating a template for successful community for patients of other disease states to follow.
Brown is grateful, empowered, and disease-free – 15 years later.