GRYT Health Celebrates Five Year Anniversary
Oncology focused healthcare organization, founded by cancer survivors and caregivers,
Rochester, NY – February 2, 2021 – On February 4, 2021, GRYT (“grit”) Health, a digital oncology company that empowers people to be in charge of their own health, is celebrating its five-year anniversary. Launched in 2016 on World Cancer Day with a purpose of helping those with cancer avoid isolation, GRYT Health today has grown to offer support services through connection and education, as well as the ability for patients, survivors and caregivers to share their experiences through one of GRYT Health’s research projects to improve healthcare.
“When we started GRYT Health five year ago it was out of loneliness and a deep-rooted desire to help other patients avoid the way we had felt let down and unsupported during our own experiences with cancer,” said Dave Craig, co-founder and chief executive officer of GRYT Health and two-time cancer survivor. “Even as a patient experience researcher myself, I felt unequipped to navigate the intricacies of the patient journey and treatment regimen during my two battles with testicular cancer. I knew we had to do something to help others.”
More than 10,000 people have downloaded the GRYT Health app, which today is also available on a desktop platform at www.grythealth.com, creating more than 1.3 million interactions on the GRY Health platform. Additionally, the GRYT Health website offers a host of resources including articles on issues relevant to the cancer journey and is a place where community members are empowered to share their stories. Users can also access Vivibot, a mental health chatbot that listens, 24/7 on the platform. To learn more and create a free GRYT Health account, visit www.grythealth.com.
Growing from four co-founders in 2016 to a staff of 14 (and growing!) today, GRYT Health is comprised of cancer survivors, caregivers and researchers. In addition to the app, the organization today offers a number of virtual conferences, including the cornerstone Global Virtual Cancer Conference and the COVID Advocacy Exchange, which not only help to educate attendees, but provide a platform for sharing experiences. In total, GRYT Health has hosted more than 120 virtual conferences; highlighting 300 industry, patient, survivor, caregiver, researcher and providers as presenters; and uniting 11,000 people who have registered for a GRYT Health event.
“I am so proud of the company GRYT Health has become today,” said Co-Founder and Chairwoman of GRYT Health, Shelley Nolden, who is also an AML survivor. “We are truly empowering our community of patients, survivors and caregivers to find and use their voice to elevate healthcare.”
Currently, working in collaboration with half of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies, GRYT Health also champions patient experience research and clinical trial recruiting. Through The GRYT Project, community members have the opportunity to participate in relevant, compensated research opportunities where they are able to share their experiences to improve quality of life and outcomes. Nearly 1,000 patients, survivors and caregivers have participated in a GRYT Health research project today.
“For the past five years, we have followed three principles in everything we have done: permission, transparency and partnership,” said Darcy Flora, Ph.D., chief research officer. “As a company founded and run by cancer survivors and caregivers, we have a relentless focus on the patient experience and work with companies who do the same. It is an honor to share others’ experiences and we are thankful for the work that we do and the differences we can make in healthcare, together.”
In celebration of GRYT Health’s five-year anniversary, and in recognition of all we have achieved because of our community, GRYT Health is hosting a virtual birthday celebration via Zoom on February 4, 2021 at 7 pm ET. All are welcome to the free event, which will include entertainment from Aaron O’Brien, comedic magician, the premiere of the GRYT Health impact video made from community member submission, games and prizes. To learn more and register, visit www.grythealth.com.
About GRYT Health
GRYT Health is a digital oncology company that empowers people to be in charge of their own health through education, engagement and support. We offer a community free from judgment that focuses on humanity and the value each person brings.
Our mission is to improve quality of life and increase survival for people facing cancer through the relentless focus on patient experience. We put patients first and work with healthcare organizations that do the same. We use the patient voice to enhance drug development and access; and together, we are helping to move healthcare forward. To learn more, visit www.grythealth.com.