SIMON DAVIES

SIMON DAVIES

Executive Director
What do I do at Teen Cancer America? Strategic design and delivery, organizational management, profiling and external relations.
Hometown: Felixstowe, England
College: University of Coventry
Favorite Who song: Behind Blue Eyes
If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Marshall Tucker Band, Oasis, Gladys Knight and The Pips
Favorite Vacation Spot: Alicante, Spain and Los Angeles
Why Teen Cancer America? Having built up Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK and changed the structure of cancer services for young people over there, I am inspired to achieve the same and more in the USA. Teen Cancer America will deliver!
One fun fact: I can pronounce this without reading: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, a small village in Wales with the longest name in the world.

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HILARY GAN

HILARY GAN

Hospital Programs & Services Director
What do I do at Teen Cancer America? I work with hospitals across the country interested in developing specialized facilities and programs for the teen and young adult cancer population with the emphasis on young people ages 13-25. As each health care and hospital system is unique, I work to encourage and support the creation of the best model for teen and young adult patient care including space, teams, treatment and research that meet the needs of each individual hospital while providing best patient care for this age group.
Favorite Who song: Behind Blue Eyes
Hometown: Born in Tacoma, WA but raised in Los Angeles, CA
If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Bon Jovi, Adele, and David Bowie
Favorite Vacation Spot: Moorea, Tahiti
Why Teen Cancer America? I have been committed to serving this population for over 20 years. For the majority of my career I worked in a clinical role and saw first hand the challenges that this population faced in the health care system. Teen Cancer America’s mission focuses on very important unmet needs of the teen and young adult cancer population. There is much to be done but it isn’t impossible and Teen Cancer America has the ability to change the tragedictory of health care This must change and who better to make that happen than Teen Cancer America.
One Fun Fact: I am terrible at thinking of fun facts

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MICHELLE ELLE ALAND

MICHELLE ELLE ALAND

Development and Partnerships Director
What do I do at Teen Cancer America? Create partnerships to raise funds and awareness for TCA.
Hometown – Pittsburgh, PA
College – Stetson University, FL
Favorite Who song - You Better You Bet, Eminence Front, Magic Bus
If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Foo Fighters, Oasis, Beyoncé, JayZ
Favorite Vacation Spot - My friend’s villa in Spain
Why Teen Cancer America? I have been involved with this fantastic charity for the past 10 years in the UK and am excited to help TCA expand in America. TCA occupies a unique and necessary space for teens and their families.
One Fun Fact – Upon being locked in, had to climb down the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh on a ladder track which is 400 feet high.

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DANIEL BRAL

DANIEL BRAL

Chairman of Young People’s Advisory Committee
Daniel holds a Bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University in Sociology with a Pre-Medical Concentration, in addition to a degree in Judaic Studies. He is currently pursuing his graduate education in Biophysics and Physiology while concentrating in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Daniel aspires to begin a career in clinical medicine, and hopes to start medical school in the fall. He is also fluent in Spanish, Hebrew, and Farsi.

In addition to his dedication with Teen Cancer America, he also serves on the Advisory Board for the Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program at UCLA. He is one of the longest standing survivors with Imerman Angels, helping give one-on-one support to newly diagnosed cancer patients. He is a national ambassador for The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry, serving as both a speaker and organizer for bone marrow drives and fundraising efforts.

Daniel’s dedication and passion comes from his own story with cancer. At the age of eleven Daniel was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was place on an intensive chemotherapy protocol until the age of fourteen, when he was finally about to begin to catch up on his life as a new teenager. Through this experience, Daniel knows first-hand the unique needs of teens and young adults during and after active treatment since the fight doesn’t stop with the medicines, there are other challenges that teens and young adults face even after treatment.

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Alexandra Kruis

Alexandra Kruis

What do I do at Teen Cancer America? Co-ordinate and provide support to the main TCA office while maintaining Donations, Events, and Administrative duties, as well as organise and attend events!
Hometown – Elkhart, Indiana
College – Indiana University
Favorite Who Song – I Can’t Explain
If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Mumford and Sons, Chvrches, and Adele
Favorite Vacation Spot – Thailand
Why Teen Cancer America?I believe that when a young person is diagnosed with a serious illness in their teens, the effect it can have on the individual as well as their family and friends is enormous and profound. Teen Cancer America is working to educate and train health professionals, patients, and create support systems to maintain a regular lifestyle as near to normality as possible for a young person diagnosed with cancer! In this way the impact of having their worlds turned upside down is not as great because all young people deserve to reach for their dreams and live out their aspirations.
One Fun Fact – I climbed the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States; Mt. Whitney.

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Jeremy Deckelbaum

Jeremy Deckelbaum

What do I do at Teen Cancer America?
Create awareness, Developing beneficial relationships with various entities, Strategic fund raising.
Hometown – Raleigh, NC
College – NC State University
Favorite Who Song – Baba O’Riley
If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Jay-Z, Beatles, and Griz
Favorite Vacation Spot – The British Virgin Islands
Why Teen Cancer America?My cousin is a two time adolescent cancer survivor, and I had my own battle during college, which changed my life. I want to make a difference that will allow others to have the best experience possible, while being treated and making sure that their are as few life changes as possible.
One Fun Fact – I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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