NorCal CarciNET Community would like to celebrate the life of Edda Gomez-Panzani who passed on June 30, 2015. Edda was instrumental in gaining FDA approval for Somatuline (lanreotide) for NETs patients in December 2014. Edda loved working with the patient community and spoke at support group meetings around the world since joining Tercica (now owned by Ipsen). Her last support group presentation was to NorCal CarciNET Community in late 2014.
She dedicated her life to working with those in need including medical aid-relief mission trips to Honduras, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Liberia, Cambodia and Tanzania and three post-earthquake disaster relief tours in Haiti/Dominican Republic. Edda was at one time affiliated with the following aid-relief organizations:
• Remote Area Medical • International Medical Alliance • Feed the Children • Flying Doctors of America • Project Medishare (University of Miami Medical Center) • J/P Haitian Relief Organization• A Broader View.
Her presentations were filled with references of places she had travelled to around the world including photos of wild animals from Africa and sharks and other sea life from her scuba diving expeditions. Edda was an adrenaline junkie enjoying sky diving, race car driving in her Maserati and swimming with the sharks.
She touched the lives of so many of us and her achievements in the medical field will have a positive impact on patients with NETs for decades to come.
Rest peacefully my friend - we will keep you in our hearts.
Please feel free to leave a remembrance below:
Edda's obituary can be found here.