Monthly Archives: June 2016

MyLifeLine.org Attends American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting

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MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation was honored to be among over 30,000 of the brightest minds in oncology, including researchers, physicians, industry professionals and other patient advocates at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago from June 3-7.

This year’s meeting theme, The Future of Patient-Centered Care and Research, focused on the importance of creating a system of engaged, well-informed patients and health care teams to provide patients with high-quality and high-value personalized cancer care.

During the conference, we met with our partners and other patient advocates to discuss advancements in their oncology programs and how we can partner to meet the needs of cancer patients and their caregivers. MyLifeLine.org was invited to exhibit in the Patient Advocacy area, where we were able to share the important work we do to provide all people affected by cancer with social and emotional support services with attendees. This was our 9th year exhibiting at the conference and we were proud to present the advancements of our program that has now served over 151,000 cancer patients, caregivers and their support communities since our inception in 2007.

MyLifeLine.org also hosted its first Industry Advisory Council kick-off meeting on Thursday, June 2nd as part of the ASCO conference. The meeting brought together the council’s founding members in the pharmaceutical and oncology industry with the goal of better understanding the advocacy needs of the industry and identify collaborative opportunities to better serve the cancer community. Founding members of the council include Genentech, Genomic Health, Eisai, Helsinn, Pfizer and Lilly Oncology.

We look forward to continuing our work with industry partners to better meet the evolving needs of cancer patients, caregivers and their families and friends.

Maria Smith, Senior Director of Marketing & Corporate Development and Marcia Donziger, MyLifeLine.org Founder, at the organization's booth at ASCO.

Maria Smith, Senior Director of Marketing & Corporate Development and Marcia Donziger, MyLifeLine.org Founder, at the organization’s booth at ASCO.

Imerman Angels and MyLifeLine.org Partner To Bring Social Support Services to Cancer Patients and Caregivers

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Imerman Angels and MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation announce a new partnership to bring social and emotional support services to more people impacted by cancer. Imerman Angels, a global nonprofit that provides free one-on-one support to cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers, is joining with MyLifeLine.org, an organization that empowers cancer patients and caregivers to build an online support community of family and friends through free, personalized websites.

Imerman Angels, currently celebrating its 10-year anniversary, matches cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers with a Mentor Angel – a volunteer who has been through the same experience. Criteria including type of cancer, stage, age and lifestyle are all taken into account when making the matches.

MyLifeLine.org connects cancer patients and caregivers to their community of family and friends for social and emotional support by providing unique communication and stress reducing tools that allow patients and caregivers to share their journey and focus on healing.

Imerman Angels and MyLifeLine.org were both founded by young adults diagnosed with cancer, who realized during their fight that there was a void in the cancer community that needed to be filled: emotional and social support.

MyLifeLine.org founder Marcia Donziger was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was just 27 years old. She felt grateful, yet overwhelmed, by the number of calls she received from family and friends wanting an update on her condition. At times, she felt emotionally drained from repeating the same information over and over again. Marcia saw an opportunity to make a difference for other cancer patients, and began extending the benefit of a free, personal website to all cancer patients and caregivers through MyLifeLine.org.

Jonny Imerman, founder of Imerman Angels, was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 26. Throughout his experience, Jonny was lucky enough to have loving support from his family and friends, but he had never met anyone his age who was a cancer fighter or survivor. He wanted to talk to someone who truly understood what he was going through, who was intimately familiar with his experience. In short, he was looking for someone around the same age who had survived the same type of cancer. This was the beginning of Jonny’s vision, which became a reality when he founded Imerman Angels.

“To date, Imerman Angels and MyLifeLine.org have provided support to over 175,000 cancer fighters, survivors, caregivers and their friends and family members, and hope to reach thousands more through our combined efforts. This partnership will significantly broaden the community and reach of both organizations, allowing us to help thousands more of those whose lives have been affected by cancer. The potential impact is enormous,” says Imerman Angels CEO and Executive Director Ben Bornstein, a three-time cancer survivor.

“This partnership offers cancer patients and caregivers two ways to receive social and emotional support through referrals and resources from both organizations,” says Pete Sheehan, MyLifeLine.org CEO. “Imerman Angels provides one-on-one support which is incredibly beneficial to people impacted by cancer. MyLifeLine.org allows patients and caregivers to connect with their entire community for inspiration and encouragement, which is a one-to-many support model. Together we will be able to help a greater number of cancer patients find the type of support service that best meets their needs. Our combined goal is to help get people through their cancer journey and achieve a positive outcome.”


For more information on MyLifeLine.org, visit www.MyLifeLine.org or call 888-234-2468.

For more information on Imerman Angels, visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Subaru “Shares the Love” with MyLifeLine.org

MyLifeLine.org is excited and honored to be chosen by Shortline Subaru as a local charity beneficiary during Subaru of America’s annual “Share the Love” fundraising event.

For every new Subaru sold, Subaru donated $250 to the purchaser’s choice of one of the four national charities. Drivers in the Aurora and greater Denver area could instead choose to donate those dollars to two local charities, including MyLifeLine.org.

This successful campaign raised more than $76,000 for people affected by cancer who rely on MyLifeLine.org every day for social and emotional support services.

We would like to thank  Subaru of America, Shortline Subaru and its owners Don and Laurie Hicks for their active involvement with MyLifeLine.org and the local community.

Share the Love - Check Presentation 2016

MyLifeLine.org board and staff members accept the check for Subaru’s Share the Love event.