Who We Are
We are the Fort Worth AYA Oncology Coalition, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization made up of healthcare representatives from 11 Fort Worth medical institutions and cancer support organizations and more than 100 AYA survivors and their families, advocates and passionate volunteers who are working together to improve the lives of young people, ages 15 to 39, diagnosed with cancer in our community.
Our Coalition Partners
We holds in highest regard the essence of the word, coalition. Together, through the partnership of many medical experts, patients and survivors and the involvement and investment of our community, we are working to change the trajectory of AYAs diagnosed with cancer. Our coalition is a partnership representing the following institutions:
What We Do
Our coalition works together to ensure that every adolescent and young adult (AYA) with cancer in our community has access to the specialized care, comprehensive resources and age-relevant support they need. Through our community partnerships and the generous time, talents and donations of people who share our mission, we are able to support life-enhancing AYA cancer programs that include:
Specialized AYA Cancer Care
Patient Navigation and Education
Provider Education and Awareness
Community Awareness and Education
With Your Support, we are working to provide
We’ve launched a three-year comprehensive fundraising campaign to provide funding for the development, implementation and sustained operations of the following AYA programs. Our vision is to offer these services to all AYA patients in the greater Fort Worth area.
Comprehensive Psychosocial Services
Peer to Peer Activities and Support
How we Benefit the community
Give hope to young adults who want to preserve their fertility
Provides an age-relevant medical environment for AYAs and their families
Offer specialized medical care that addresses an AYA patient’s unique biology
Promote connectivity, inclusion and peer support during every stage of an AYA’s cancer journey
Provide vital AYA education to healthcare professionals and the community at large
AYA cancer Inpatient Unit & Outpatient Infusion Center
Located at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth, our six-bed AYA oncology inpatient unit and outpatient infusion center provides an age-relevant “home” to our coalition, AYAs, their families and friends. It enables coalition oncologists to provide specialized, AYA care to more patients than ever before and communicates to AYAs and their families that there’s a community ready and willing to meet their current and future medical, biological and psychosocial needs.
Our Vision & Mission
Every Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) cancer patient in our community will receive comprehensive and age appropriate care of the highest standard.
Enable the healthcare community to provide the highest standard of adolescent and young adult care.
Establish an environment of connectivity that meets the unique needs of the adolescent young adult patient.
Create community awareness and appreciation for the reality of adolescent and young adults with cancer.
MEET OUR TEAM
Karen Albritton, M.D.
Director of Communications and Community Engagement
Karen Albritton, M.D., is internationally recognized as an expert in AYA oncology. Board-certified in both pediatric and medical oncology, she was educated at Yale University, the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and the University of North Carolina. Dr. Albritton has published work in national peer-reviewed publications and is currently the medical director of AYA oncology at Cook Children’s Medical Center and Fort Worth AYA Oncology Coalition’s AYA inpatient Unit located at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth.
Paula Fultz’s breadth of experience includes everything from teaching and counseling in Fort Worth ISD to management and marketing at IBM – all leading to her calling at FWAYAOC. With a B.B.A. in marketing and an M.Ed. in special education and child development, Paula has worked with adolescents and young adults for 28 years. Paula’s other nonprofit experience includes Cancer Care Services and Alpha Chi Omega.
Joe Bush’s brain for business and heart for service ensure the numbers add up for the FWAYAOC. With a B.B.A. in finance from Texas A&M University, Joe served at British Telecommunications in positions including managing director and global director of quality. He has also served as chairman for Cassata High School and board member for the Technology Innovation Committee at Guardianship Services.