Spotlight: Cancer Unmasked
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Spotlight: Cancer Unmasked
April 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm$5
We’d all love to live in a world that is cancer free – and the mission of the American Cancer Society is to make that a reality. Learn all about the research being conducted by The American Cancer Society as well as the many other resources they offer that you may not be aware of.
Key Take Aways:
- What patients, families and caregivers experience
- Resources available to patients and their families
- The importance of cancer trials
- Current research being conducted to find a cure for various cancers
Liza Yore, Stage 4 Cancer Survivor
Diagnosed in December of 2010, metavivor for 8 years, Liza Yore is living life. Married to Liam Yore for 24 years and mother of 4 kids; 2 boys, ages 17 and 15, and 2 girls, ages 12 and 9, she’s kept busy. Currently, she is a para educator for the Northshore School District and an advocate for the American Cancer Society. 10 years ago, she would never have believed her story could have the impact it has today. Brain surgery, liver surgery, numerous radiation treatments and she’s still here. She feels there is nothing special about her, and if you know her personality, you would know that public speaking isn’t in her comfort zone. Over the years, she has learned to live her own life, not the one dictated by cancer. If her story can help just one person, she realizes that can set off a chain reaction. We are all joined together by threads that are sometimes unseen. Liza feels honored to represent cancer survivors and the American Cancer Society. She hopes her story may inspire, guide, and give hope to everyone affected by cancer.
Dr. Nathan Price, Professor & Associate Director of the Institute for Systems Biology
Dr. Nathan Price is Professor & Associate Director of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle where he co-directs with Lee Hood the Hood-Price Integrated Lab for Systems Biomedicine. He is also affiliate faculty at the University of Washington in the Departments of Bioengineering, Computer Science & Engineering, and Molecular & Cellular Biology. In 2019, Dr. Price was selected by the National Academy of Medicine as one of their 10 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine. He was a co-founder and on the board of directors for Arivale, which brought an innovative “scientific wellness” approach to consumers from 2015-2019, and was named as Geekwire’s 2016 startup of the year. He was the recipient of early career awards from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, American Cancer Society, the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, and Genome Technology. He was also named as a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and received the 2016 Grace A. Goldsmith Award for his work in pioneering ‘scientific wellness.’ He serves on numerous advisory boards including for Roche (Personalized Medicine division), Providence St. Joseph Health, Habit, Trelys, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Science Translational Medicine and Cell Systems.
Lindsay Clark, Caregiver to cancer patient Logan Clarke, age 6 |Diagnosis: Intermediate Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma
Lindsay Clarke is the mother of Logan Clarke, pediatric cancer survivor. Lindsay as a professional works in the sport and live-event industry and maintained her professional responsibilities while caring for son, Logan throughout his treatment. Recently relocating to Houston, Tx (home) from Seattle, Wa Lindsay actively engages opportunities to spread cancer awareness, encourage caretakers and be a visual representation to her son. Her hope is to show how life-experiences are an opportunity to advocate for and on behalf of those who can’t do it themselves. Additionally, encouraging care-takers to continue forward and offer resources for sustained mental and emotional strength. Logan was treated at Seattle Children’s Hospital from 2018 – 2020 with more than 42 weeks of Chemotherapy, 6 weeks and 30 treatments of radiation, 20 weeks of maintenance chemotherapy, 11 surgeries and 94 nights in-patient. The Clarke Family is committed to seeing and spreading hope through organizations like the American Cancer Society.
Gordon Brooks, Road to Recovery Driver
Gordon likes to help people. That’s why he enjoyed helping people with computer issues during his career as an Information Technology Specialist at the Washington State Department of Ecology. After retiring four years ago, he was looking for a way to volunteer some of his time and help others. His wife was a big part of helping him find a very satisfying way to help people. She is a Certified Medical Assistant in an oncology clinic. She told him about some patients that struggled to find transportation to appointments. Gordon wanted to help them, but his wife was not able to refer people to him through the clinic. Soon after that, through her involvement with the Relay for Life, she heard about the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program. Gordon read about it on cancer.org and signed up.
He was apprehensive at first, not having a very strong capacity for medical issues. He wondered about what degree of medical issues he might see. What he discovered was a lot of very pleasant people, many who disguised their condition very well. They really appreciated the rides, and most of them expressed their deep gratitude. Throughout his life, Gordon has lost many relatives and some friends to cancer. Participating in the Road to Recovery Program makes him feel like he is helping in the fight against the horrible disease. It also makes him feel good about himself.
Christina Kelly, Director of Communications at American Cancer Society
Christina Kelly spent the first half of her career as a journalist, writing for the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press. Her beats included healthcare and government. She won numerous Society of Professional Journalist awards in health, government and features.
Since 2003, she has been a corporate communications professional, working as the speechwriter for the CEO of Boeing, internal and executive communications for Alaska Airlines and developing a communications and marketing plan as senior director for a workforce training company in the energy sector.
She currently works as Communications Director for ACS (since 2016), covering Washington and Alaska. Christina lives with her husband and four golden retrievers and a silver Labrador retriever (most are rescues) on a four-acre farm southeast of Seattle, working to create an organic produce farm to join the farm to table movement. She also writes about wine and food pairing on the side and is a singer/songwriter who plays music when the mood strikes her. You can find her every fall at the University of Washington Huskies football games, where she is an alumni and former marching band drummer.
Justin Mucklestone |Real Estate Broker |ACS Volunteer with JEBA (Junior Executive Board of Advisors)
As a lifelong Seattlite, UW Husky Alumn, self-employed real estate broker, and local musician, Justin has thoroughly enjoyed serving the greater Pacific Northwest Community. For the last year he has worked as a volunteer on the American Cancer Society’s Junior Board, working on marketing, event planning, and community outreach designed to create awareness for the ACS mission in the young professional age demographic. He has participated and volunteered in events such as Hope on the Slopes, the Big Dig, and Relay for Life.
At the American Cancer Society, we’re on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until we do, we’ll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. All so you can live longer — and better.
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