Board of Directors, Secretary
Carolyn Breinich was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
in 1994. Her treatment consisted of two and a half years of
chemotherapy and ten days of cranial radiation. Since her
diagnosis, Carolyn has been a strong advocate for childhood cancer
survivors and has volunteered with various cancer organizations.
Raising awareness about the needs of childhood cancer survivors
and funding to support programs is important to Carolyn, as she
has dealt with psychosocial issues and depression as well as a
secondary cancer diagnosis.
Carolyn earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from The Ohio State University and her master’s degree in recreational therapy from The University of Toledo. Carolyn is dual certified Recreational Therapist/Childlife Specialist and has more than 24 years working with pediatric cancer patients in a hospital, outpatient clinic, and camp setting. She has presented at multiple conferences on the needs of childhood cancer patients.
She wrote and published her memoir, Faith, Hope and Cancer: The Journey of a Childhood Cancer Survivor. Her goal was to share her story of what it was like to grow up as a childhood cancer survivor. No matter what has happened in her life, Carolyn has always had a strong faith and believes being a voice for childhood cancer patients/survivors is one of those reasons.
She hopes it will make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.
Carolyn currently lives in a motorhome with her husband, Lee and two dogs. For the past few years, they have been travelling the United States, seeing the beauty it has to offer.