Laurie MacCaskill, a 12-year survivor of pancreatic cancer and former chair of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network works with Cancer Connect to support pancreatic cancer patients with information, support and inspiration. Laurie 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 works 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.