About Us

Our Authors

Nancy Keene

Nancy Keene

Nancy Keene is the mother of a long-term survivor of high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. A well-known writer and advocate for children with cancer, she has written and co-authored many books on topics ranging from childhood cancers to working with your doctor. Her work has appeared in publications such as Reader’s Digest, Journal of the American Medical Association, Exceptional Parent, and Coping Magazine. She was the first chair of the Children’s Cancer Group (CCG) Patient Advocacy Committee, and then the first chair of the Patient Advocacy Committee of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG)––consortiums of researchers from more than 250 children’s hospitals. Nancy has been interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), frequently speaks to professional and parent groups, and has participated in online support groups for parents of children with cancer since 1996. In her spare time, she likes to read, hike with her dogs, and kayak in the waters of the Pacific Northwest.

Wendy Hobb

Wendy Hobbie, RN, MSN, CRNP

Wendy Hobbie is Associate Director of the Cancer Survivorship Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the first comprehensive follow-up clinic in the United States. In addition to co-authoring three editions of Childhood Cancer Survivors, Wendy is one of the editors and chapter authors of the textbook for professionals, Survivors of Childhood Cancer: Assessment and Management (now in its third edition). She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics such as the late effects of treatment for childhood cancer, the role of the nurse practitioner in follow-up care, and risk taking and decision making by survivors of childhood cancer. She is frequently invited to present lectures to healthcare professionals, cancer survivors, and their families on a variety of cancer survivorship issues. For 30 years, she has empowered survivors with the knowledge to advocate for themselves in the healthcare system and society.

Kathy Ruccione

Kathy Ruccione, PhD, MPH, RN

Kathy Ruccione, PhD, is Co-Director of the HOPE (Hematology-Oncology Psychosocial and Education) Program in the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She has been involved in the areas of late effects and survivorship for more than 30 years. Kathy established the CHLA LIFE Program along with its annual Survivor’s Day celebrations and survivor scholarship program. Kathy is one of the editors and chapter authors of the textbook for professionals, Survivors of Childhood Cancer: Assessment and Management (now in its third edition). She has published and lectured extensively on topics such as transitions in care, survivorship needs, and the role of nurses in late effects evaluation. Kathy is the mother of an adult son, Daniel, who is profoundly deaf. Her personal experience as the mother of a young person with a disability has enriched her perspective and deepened her commitment to finding ways to help children and their families survive and transcend the experience with cancer.

Catherine Woodman

Catherine Woodman, MD

Catherine Woodman received her BA in biology and her MD from Brown University, and she completed her residency at the University of California, San Francisco. She has been on the faculty at the University of Iowa in the departments of psychiatry and family medicine for more than 20 years. She has served as a member of COG for 10 years and is on its Patient Advocacy Committee, Ethics Steering Committee, and Central Nervous System Tumors Steering Committee. In addition, Dr. Woodman is currently a member of the Phase I/Phase II Data Safety Monitoring Committee, and she served on the National Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Central Institutional Review Board for 6 years. She has published numerous papers related to ethics of pediatric research and late effects of treatment for childhood cancer. Her young adult son is a survivor of medulloblastoma.

Tania Shiminski-Maher

Tania Shiminski-Maher, RN, CRNP

Tania Shiminski-Maher received her BSN and MS in pediatric primary care from Columbia University and holds an academic appointment to the faculty of Columbia University School of Nursing. She is certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner and has held past certification as clinical neuroscience registered nurse and pediatric oncology nurse. For the past 30 years, she has worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner in pediatric neurosurgery and pediatric neuro-oncology and has published extensively in the areas of pediatric brain tumors, hydrocephalus, and multidisciplinary team communication. She has been a member of the Children’s Cancer Group (CCG) and Children’s Oncology Group (COG) for the past 25 years.

Anne Spurgeon

Anne Spurgeon

Anne Spurgeon, trained as a historian at the University of Wisconsin, is the parent of a long-term survivor of rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue sarcoma. For more than 15 years, she served as the executive director of the Badger Childhood Cancer Network in Madison, Wisconsin. Its mission is to educate, support, serve, and advocate for children with cancer, their families, survivors of childhood cancer, and the professionals who care for them. Anne enjoys having adventures with her three interesting young adult children; kayaking the beautiful lakes of Wisconsin; reading history, anthropology, and science; and making and drinking craft beer.