What’s Your Why: Lead initiatives to make a meaningful impact in people’s lives by ending childhood cancer, the 2nd leading cause of death among children.
Abbie Miller - Membership & Outreach Co-Chair
Current Job: Fairview Health East - Physician in family and hospital medicine
What’s Your Why: My stepson Kyle died of neuroblastoma and I want to help find a cure.
Kathryn Wells - Events & Fundraising
Current Job: Wells Law - Attorney
What's Your Why: I enjoy giving back to the community by raising funds for children’s cancer research while promoting emerging scientists’ careers in the process as I understand the challenge of gaining traction in a profession.
Melissa Weiner - Events & Fundraising
Current Job: Attorney
What’s Your Why: My family has been meaningfully involved in CCRF for years, and I am happy to now personally help integrate the young professional initiative.
Brandi DeVries - Events & Fundraising
Current Job: Land O'Lakes, Inc - Community Relations Manager
What’s Your Why: Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Someday someone I know, or my family, may have a child diagnosed with cancer. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to support the research of a young scientist in the present that would potentially save the life of a child in the future.
Jeanette Sterner - Membership & Outreach
Current Job: Halyard Health - Program and Project Management, Research and Development
What’s Your Why: Continue to drive funding and awareness for research advances in children’s cancer research.
Erik Davis - Marketing
Current Job: Valley Creek Family Dentistry
What’s Your Why: Friends that are researchers and have struggled to get off the ground new in their careers. Also a history of various cancers in my family.
Kate Sefton LoCascio - Marketing
Current Job: Clearwater Equity Group, Inc - Office Manager
What’s Your Why: To continue involvement with a wonderful organization like CCRF and help make a meaningful impact in honor of my friend who passed away from Osteosarcoma.
Taylor Lieber - Events & Fundraising
Current Job: Student at University of Minnesota entering the field of healthcare
What’s Your Why: I am a two-time cancer and bone marrow transplant survivor. I want to give back to the community that helped save my life.
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Lauren Patterson - Events & Fundraising
Current Job: RN in Dermatology
What’s Your Why: During my first ICU clinical in nursing school, I worked with a patient dying from a long battle with cancer. The courage displayed in the face of tremendous suffering by the patient, and the needs of the patient’s family and friends during that time changed my life. The experience enforced my resolve to fight this disease on all levels – in the search for a cure, in providing understanding and comfort during the battle with cancer, and, if confronted with the outcome, making every effort to provide dignity and solace at end of life. Children are the real wealth of our society; I want to do everything I can to give them the chance they deserve.
Laura Gagne - Membership & Outreach
Current Job: Most recently a key account rep for Adidas but currently taking a career sabbatical to raise a family
What’s Your Why: To honor my late boyfriend and many other children who have lost their battle to cancer. I am honored to be a part of a passionate group to work towards a cure.
Katherine Heyerdahl - Membership & Outreach
Current Job: Senior Director, Optum
What’s Your Why: Driven by the prevalence of cancer in my family along with being a parent; an aspiration that the gift of childhood joy will someday never be cut short by cancer.