Laura Lang-Ree is a cancer mom, educator, and advocate for parents of kids with cancer. She works with Stanford's Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases as a writer and editor for parent publications and she empowers families in the zone to lead their best life, even amidst trauma. Laura is a frequent contributor to Thrive Global, Upworthy, Elephants and Tea magazine, and Curtco Media and was recently featured on Transformation Radio's Champion Your Life podcast speaking about resiliency in crises. Find her at: https://www.lauradekrakerlang-ree.com
Dawn Macurdy Billman serves on several Lucile Packard Children's Hospital family centered advisory councils and works at the Stanford School of Medicine in the Genetics Department. She is an experienced patient advocate and mother of a cancer survivor.
Sam Watson, a survivor and extraordinary advocate for other survivors, shares her experiences and wisdom with our hosts on navigating survivorship and financial toxicity. A Note from Sam: “I jumped at the chance to be part of this podcast because I wish there had been something like this when I was diagnosed with cancer as a young adult almost 25 years ago. I hope that sharing my story, lessons learned along the way, and perspective as a 20-year patient advocate will help other young adults feel less alone and more empowered to move forward with pride and support.”
Dr. Paula Rauch
Paula Rauch, MD, is the Founding Director of the Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) program. Dr. Rauch is a consultation child psychiatrist; she specializes in the impact of medical illness on families and on the emotional health and well-being of children. She focuses on the importance of communication within families and between family members and the community that supports them. She is excited to have the opportunity to share practical guidance with parents, family members and survivors in this podcast.
Pedro Gallardo is a childhood leukemia survivor, a graduate of Stanford University and current fourth year medical student at UC San Francisco. Pedro is passionate about improving medical care for patients with limited English proficiency and plans to become an anesthesiologist.
A young breast cancer survivor, Hil is an active patient advocate, mentor, and writer in the cancer community, and dedicates her time to raising awareness around the importance of early detection and longitudinal survivorship care, and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hil is the Co-Founder and CEO of VivorCare, the first virtual survivorship clinic for survivors of critical illness, starting with cancer.