Kathryn Le Febre
When our son (then age 10) was diagnosed in 2009 with Stage 4 Lymphoblastic Leukemia, we were thrown headlong into the childhood cancer world. Over his 3 ½ year treatment, we were exposed to a variety of nonprofit organizations and eventually established a network of support for the family. Partly due to HIPAA laws, creating the support network of nonprofit organizations took hard work. Unfortunately, we discovered that many families found the support too late, or not at all.
Childhood cancer was not on our radar, and we did not know that September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, nor that the gold ribbon was the symbol! It was through our personal experience we saw a deep need for families to form a network of support, get plugged into available resources, and rally the community into involvement. Cancer impacts not only the child, it changes the life of the parents, siblings, extended family and the surrounding community.
We have made it our mission to raise Childhood Cancer Awareness, provide the platform for non-profit organizations to collaborate, unite families and the community, establish firm networks of support, and raise funds to help support and grow childhood cancer programs.
Kent Le Febre
Erin Mowad, MPA
I was overwhelmed by the stories of the children I met while serving on the Planning Committee for CHAMP 2015. It was clear to me that CHAMP is more than a one-day event: it is a community-building movement to empower local children and their families as they battle cancer. In my professional experience as a nonprofit development manager, I am committed to working with innovative organizations that really affect change, organizations that empower the individuals in need. It is an honor to serve on CHAMP’s Board of Directors and to play a small part in helping this organization grow.
Laura Harper is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in accounting. She spent 7 years working at the Arizona Office of the Auditor General as a state auditor. She served as the accountant for a large community church in Phoenix for an additional 7 years. Currently, she is working as a staff accountant for a small CPA firm in Gilbert and has been there for 16 years. She also volunteered as the Treasurer for the Arizona Association of the Church of God for 6 years. Laura is married with two grown children.
Christine Jorgensen is a Registered Nurse with more that 35 years experience. For the last 15 years she has worked as a Pediatric Oncology nurse at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. She has a passion for children and more specifically, children who need love and compassion as they go through difficult illnesses, such as cancer. She has previously served on the Medical Advisory Board for a medically based camp and volunteers with several non-profits and her church. Christine is married and has two grown sons and two sweet grandsons. “CHAMP” is a wonderfully unique way to bring many non-profits supporting pediatric cancer awareness together and Christine is proud to be a part of this team!
Tiffany Rust is the mother of a cancer survivor. Her daughter was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 6 and is currently off treatment and thriving. Experiencing the impact of a childhood cancer diagnosis first hand has led Tiffany to want to give back to the community that helped her family so much through their difficult time. Tiffany served on the CHAMP Committee during the inaugural year and now serves on the Board. CHAMP is the perfect opportunity for her to use her time and talents to support the numerous non-profit agencies in the valley.