“I refused to accept doctors giving up on a young child,” says Hope Lewis, who was working in China as an international finance attorney when her life took a turn. A client’s 18-month-old daughter was diagnosed with liver cancer, and physicians declared the case hopeless. But Lewis suspected that this verdict was the product of an overburdened system. She traveled to the United States and solicited opinions—and a treatment plan—from renowned oncologists.
Nearly a decade later, that little girl is alive, happy, and cancer-free.
This type of story has become commonplace at MORE Health Inc., the health-access organization Lewis founded after that initial lifesaving venture. Using cloud-based technology, MORE allows underserved patients across the globe to trigger collaborations between their attending physicians and specialists in the US. These partnerships give disadvantaged patients access to top-tier care, without the prohibitive costs.
MORE Health has served over 2,000 individuals. More than 75 percent of those diagnosed with cancer—many of them children, and many told they had no hope—have received updated treatment plans and another chance at life. Lewis has raised more than $20 million in venture capital, and is transforming a system that denies the best care to the most vulnerable people. “Children shouldn’t have to come to the United States,” she says, “to have their lives returned to them.”