MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation is a charity that believes a strong support community is critical for cancer
patients. Every day we provide personal, private websites at no cost to cancer patients and caregivers so they can
easily connect with family and friends during the treatment process, because no patient should ever feel alone.
MyLifeLine was founded in 2007 by Marcia Donziger, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1997, when she was 27 years old. The Internet existed at the time, but not with the fullness it does now. She recalls feeling overwhelmed by the volume of concern, during a time when she was struggling to fight the cancer inside her. She couldn’t physically return all the phone calls herself, and found it emotionally draining to repeat the same information about her condition, over and over. She often felt guilty for not staying in better touch with the people who cared about her.
In 2003, Marcia became aware of a special young woman, Lori Arquilla Andersen, who had just been diagnosed with cancer. Marcia was profoundly inspired – not just by Lori’s strength through crisis, but also by the way she harnessed the tools available to stay in touch with her family and friends during her illness. Through her own personal website, she posted her progress and courageously (and humorously!) inspired all who followed her struggle. As time went on, Lori's support network expanded beyond her imagination. People visited Lori’s site to write encouraging messages, offer help to her family, or just stay updated and keep her in their prayers.
Inspired by Lori and her family, Marcia saw the tremendous benefit for cancer patients to communicate via a personal website. Sharing updates and managing caring messages via one central website can help everyone touched by cancer to deal with it.
Marcia saw an opportunity to make a difference for other cancer patients. She decided to go for it, extending the benefit of free, personal websites to all cancer patients. Thus MyLifeLine was born as a non-profit organization.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MARCIA DONZIGER- Founder and Chief Mission Officer
DENNIS WAKABAYASHI- Board President
JILL MITCHELL, PhD, LCSW- Vice President
JOAN HELLER- Board Secretary
JACK HILL- Treasurer
JOHN CRONIN- Innovation Committee
GREGG DENHOFFER- Innovation Committee Chair
BARB FINDLAY- Innovation Committee
AMY FLEMING- Development Committee
BOB GRAHAM- Development/Executive Committee
LAURIE HICKS- Development Committee
SHALINI MATHUR- Development Committee
MICHELE MITCHELL- Outreach Committee
DAN MULLIGAN- Outreach Committee
LAURA PERKINS- Outreach Committee Chair
KIM VAN DERAA- Development Committee
JASON WAGNER- Development Committee Chair
MELISSA BOWEN-Executive Director
CHRISTI CAHILL-Director of Program Services
ENMAR HILU-Director of Development
TRICIA MCEUEN-Director of Administration