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We would like you to know about those individuals who have made this website possible. We have divided this support into three categories.

Content refers to the actual written material in each of the sections. All of our content is written by cancer survivors who work as consultants / writers for various organizations. Although most sections of the website had a main author, all sections went through several if not many drafts by a team. We have also passed all material through several editors.

Contributors refers to articles and inspirational pieces submitted by various people. Most of these people are survivors or family members of survivors. Others may be researchers or doctors working in the cancer field.

Design refers to the woman who designed and built our website.

We would like to thank all of these people.

Disclaimer: Please remember that this material is provided as information not as recommendations. All medical decisions need to be made between you and your medical/personal support teams.

Join Our Team: If you would like to contribute to our website, please contact us at the following links:

Contact Us Here for General Requests, Comments and Professional contributions.

Contact Us Here to contribute Inspirational Stories, Poetry, Art and Humor.



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Peggy Devine

Please see the Board of Directors section.


Personalized Medicine
Recently Diagnosed
Cancer 101
Latina Navigator Training


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Jane Perlmutter, PhD

Please see the Consultants section.




Jeannine Walston  

Jeannine Walston

Please see the Consultants section.




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Sandra Finestone

Please see the Consultants section.




Patty Spears


Patty Spears

Please see the Consultants section.







Ann Fonfa  

Ann Fonfa


Ann Fonfa's special areas of interest include: Complementary/Alternative (CAM), natural and integrative therapies; Informed Choice (consent and more); Lymphedema (LE); Patients= Rights; Quality of Life; Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy (SNB); Clinical Trials; palliative care, and more as they arise.

Ann believes that it is every persons right to be informed about treatment options including CAM. Studies have consistently shown that a majority of patients are interested in or currently using CAM. Many of these patients do not discuss the issue with their healthcare providers and some are using CAM during clinical trials. In 1997, Ann created the Annie Appleseed Project to provide information, education and advocacy. A more informed decision is a better one, regardless of the actual choices involved.

After her own cancer diagnosis, Ann began the process of educating herself - she has taken Project LEAD and Clinical Trials LEAD (basic training courses), Food as Medicine, Cancer-Guides, and the workshop on Evidence-based Healthcare. She's an advocate on an NIEHS grant on breast cancer and environmental research. Ann has reviewed for the Dept of Defense, the Avon Foundation, the California Breast Cancer Research Program, and Health Website Ratings. Ann is Advocacy Chair for the Florida Breast Cancer Coalition Research Foundation, Florida Field Coordinator for the National Breast Cancer Coalition, and is serving on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Advisory Council for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Intro to my articles:
From the moment I awoke after cancer surgery, I was committed to advocating on cancer issues. I felt, strongly, that the system was not patient-friendly. In fact I often refer to it as "patient LAST".

I made a list of twelve things I thought were completely wrong about cancer diagnosis, treatment and more. I love to rant. This section will talk about real issues that matter to all of us affected by cancer. And as my partner often tells me - that is almost everyone these days.

While my interest in complementary and alternative medicine is the strongest, I cannot help getting involved in many other aspects. Join me as we explore every possible avenue in a quest to make the best out of a cancer diagnosis, its treatment, and survivorship (for however long we get). I welcome your feedback.



Web Design:


Cara M. Caloroso

Cara M. Caloroso was the owner/administrator of Studio 457, a multimedia design company located in Southern California. She specialized in creative design solutions for small businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals seeking a comprehensive presence on the Internet.

After 20+ years professional experience in computer graphics, desktop publishing and web design, Cara has closed Studio457's online presence to pursue other interests. She remains with the CISN team to support website maintenance and upgrades.




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