KETCHUM – LOS ANGELES: Laurie MacCaskill, a 12-year survivor of pancreatic cancer and former chair of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has announced a newly established partnership with Cancer Connect to support pancreatic cancer patients with information, support and inspiration. Cancer Connect, a national organization provides support and information to more than 1 million patients each year.
Laurie will direct the development of the cancer education and support programs for Cancer Connect, applying her strong belief that knowledge is power. Through Cancer Connect, she will help to inform, educate, inspire and empower patients, giving them the tools to gain confidence and the ability to eliminate stress, providing a healing environment to navigate a challenging journey.
“The tools I have developed can provide people & families with the framework to redefine how you look at your own life and feel reinvigorated to move forward as your own best advocate. My life’s work is to help others through their cancer journey.”
MacCaskill is widely recognized within the cancer community for her inspirational battle with pancreatic cancer and her tireless advocacy. In 2006, in perfect health she received this devastating diagnosis, endured years of treatment and complications only to be told she had 3-6 months to live. Today, cancer free, Laurie offers guidance and most importantly, an encouraging hand reaching out to ensure that hope remains in the forefront. She has inspired pancreatic cancer patients and shared her journey as a guest on the Dr. Oz show featuring Medical Miracles, CNN Health Minute, KABC morning news in Los Angeles, People Magazine, Shape Magazine, The Mighty, Coping magazine, Everyday Health, American Society Clinical Oncology, Research America and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Laurie has also traveled the country delivering motivational speeches, and interacted with volunteers, patients, researchers, industry professionals and Members of Congress as an advocate for the advancement of pancreatic cancer treatment.
Cancer Connect has been providing support and information to over 1 million cancer patients annually for 21 years. As a fully moderated online support community and rich information resource, Cancer Connect provides patients and caregivers a trusted destination to learn about the management of cancer and a community where cancer patients both derive and provide support. Cancer Connect can be accessed directly or through leading cancer care providers including Harvard – Dana Farber, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, The Ohio State James Cancer Inst and a number of community clinics and advocacy groups.
OMNI Health Media (OMNI) is a leading specialty publisher of consumer health information in oncology, rheumatoid diseases, back pain, osteoporosis, and woman’s health since 1997. OMNI recently partnered with the digital media platform Maven (MVEN) to launch the Maven Health Network (mavendoctors.io), an integrated group of channels focused on health, nutrition, and fitness as well as contemporary and alternative medicine. The partnership increases OMNI’s reaches of over 1.5 million health information seekers to the growing Maven network of over 50 million users and expands OMNI’s capabilities allowing the combination of original and curated content with a social network to enhance user experience and engagement.
OMNI Health Media also produces and manages Women magazine, and The Web Chats with the Experts interactive series featuring thought leaders from institutions such as Ohio State University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Harvard, Roswell Park, UCSF, Roswell Park, and other prominent health centers. The Maven Health Network is taking shape, in addition to Cancer Connect, OMNI Health Media has migrated several of its leading educational resources and communities to Maven and is in active discussion with other health verticals to join the network. They are:
Working with Maven, OMNI will continue building the network by recruiting and partnering with mavens in more than 40 common health condition arenas, creating stronger resources and communities around medical interests and conditions.
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