PATIENT ADVISOR. PUBLIC SPEAKER. 

MY STORY

At the age of 23, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After 6 months of chemotherapy, I was in remission and decided to train for my first half marathon. One week after the race, I learned the cancer had returned. Treatment the second time around was more rigorous and gaining my strength back took nearly one year. During that time, I immersed myself into mind/body fitness and never lost sight of my ultimate goal of leading a healthy lifestyle. Taking on that initial challenge of a half marathon turned into what is now a 6+ year sheer passion for fitness. Since then, I have completed 4 half marathons + 2 full marathons while fundraising for various cancer charities.

I am a Patient to Patient volunteer + advisor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).  Each month, I share my experience during MSKCC's Stem Cell Transplant Orientation for current patients + their caregivers.  I offer support + provide insight into what they might be able to expect during treatment.

I am a Honored Teammate with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT) in which I share my story as a source of inspiration.  I speak to corporations to motivate recruitment for team endurance races + to runners for a "Mission Moment" before a group training session.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Blood Donor Celebration + Relationship Based Care Presentations to Nursing Staff
  • Lolly's Locks: NYC Debut Event 
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team In Training: Corporate Recruitment + Group Training Sessions