Mindy Buchanan sent me a text message early one Saturday May morning asking if I still had the position of Program Coordinator still open at Athletes 4 Cancer. I did – it was going on 4 months still unable to find the right person. I wasn’t sure why she was asking, and surely didn’t understand why so early Saturday morning. Well, it just so happened that the grant for Mindy’s position at OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Oncology program was about up and Mindy was exploring her options.
I had worked with Mindy for the past four years while she was at The Knight (Cancer Institute), referring patients to and from each others’ programs. It was a great collaborative relationship — Mindy would send patients to apply to Athletes 4 Cancer’s Camp Koru sessions, and we would refer survivors back to the Knight’s Adolescent & Young Adult survivorship program for ongoing support groups. I knew our participants were in good hands at the Knight, and the Knight’s support of Athletes 4 Cancer’s camps was a huge boost to our program credibility.
Mindy was the wizard behind that AYA Oncology program, with strong support from one of the leading AYA Oncologists in the country, Dr. Brandon Hayes-Lattin, leading Psychosocial Researcher, Dr. Rebecca Block, and AYA Pediatric Oncologist, Dr. Sue Lindemulder. Mindy’s outreach models for academic medical centers have been replicated by several AYA programs around the country. Mindy also has a presence within the national AYA Movement as the chair of the networking sub-committee, and planning committee member for the National Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance Conference.
As you can see…. she’s kind of a big deal.
So when Mindy asked if she could apply for my Program Coordinator position at Athletes 4 Cancer that Saturday morning, I asked back… “When can you start?”
After some formal interviews (or pow-wows over shared visions), I am thrilled to announce the new addition of Mindy Buchanan as Program & Outreach Coordinator for Athletes 4 Cancer. Mindy’s ten years of program and development experience will serve as a tremendous asset to Athletes 4 Cancer as we move forward to develop innovative programming for underserved areas of survivorship in young adults.
As a native Oregonian, she enjoys running, hiking, whitewater kayaking, reading, and playing with her dog. Mindy also suffers from a serious case wanderlust. If you ask her nicely, she may just tell you about her six hour round trip beer run through the Austrian countryside; singing along to songs from The Sound of Music was required.
If you apply for one of our programs at Athletes 4 Cancer, you most likely will talk to Mindy. Welcome Mindy!