Deborah J. Cornwall has been associated with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and its Cancer Action Network as a volunteer leader since 1994, performing a variety of local, regional, and national roles and serving as a media spokesperson before audiences ranging from 16 to 30,000. Her passion to write these books was ignited by her interaction with cancer patients and caregivers at the Society’s AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston and by her personal contact with patients and caregivers through Relay For Life and other volunteer activities. .
Deborah was recently named to serve on a stakeholder research review committee to join with leading research scientists and other volunteers in guiding national ACS research funding decisions. She also serves on a similar committee which allocates research funding for ACS' New England Division. In May 2013, the New England Division and National American Cancer Society Boards of Directors unanimously awarded her the St. George National Award recognizing her many personal and professional contributions to the fight against cancer. This award is given to selected volunteers nationwide each year who have significantly contributed to advancing the Society’s mission, strategic goals and programs. Deborah was credited for her dedicated leadership of Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Programs, as well as for extraordinary advocacy efforts on behalf of the American Cancer Society and Cancer Action Network.
A Personal Message From The Author:
Why I Wrote This Book
I had been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society for years before my own cancer diagnosis. My cancer was minimal and easily treated, unlike that of many others whom I've met along the way. Gradually my involvement with the Society migrated from board policy and fund-raising work to community-based work where contacts are very personal.
In my own community and at the Society’s AstraZeneca Hope Lodge, I came in contact with people whose cancer survival and caregiving stories were much more trying than my own. Generous with their stories, they wanted to share the lessons they had learned (often the hard way). I realized I could use my proven interviewing and writing skills to help them do that. These ingredients hatched a dream that made Things I Wish I'd Known a reality.