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Tonia Farman, Co-Founder & Executive Director

Tonia FarmanTonia had a vision for Athletes 4 Cancer while going through her brother’s experience with Leukemia. When Scott passed away in June 2007, Tonia's efforts as an advocate for cancer prevention and support took off. She now devotes her time to coming up with innovative & life-empowering programs that focus on cancer survivorship. 

She was one of three national recipients of SELF Magazine's annual Women Doing Good Award for her work with Athletes 4 Cancer. She is an avid athlete herself, but would prefer to share life-changing outdoor experiences with others.

Mindy Buchanan, Program & Outreach Director

Mindy BuchananMindy joins us with ten years program management and development experience. Most recently, she was Program Coordinator for the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program. While there, she developed, administered, and evaluated programs specific to the AYA population. Her outreach models for academic medical centers have been replicated by several AYA programs around the country. 

As a native Oregonian, she enjoys running, hiking, whitewater kayaking, reading, and playing with her dog. Mindy also suffers from a serious case wanderlust. 

Molly Maher (aka "Kiko"), Camp Koru Counselor

Molly MaherMolly Maher aka " KIKO" reluctantly Camp Koru #2 pretty broken and beat up recovering from breast cancer in 2010. While external scars had healed the internal ones were wide open. By the time she left Camp Koru, she had shifted from cancer victim to survivor.

Kiko has found the A4C "Ohana " to be an amazing resource for advice, guidance, support and serious laughter. "My goal for every camper is to find strength through trial. If I can get out on that water, anyone can!!! "  Trust and be trust worthy.  On the mainland you can find her sharing her love of music and yoga through teaching and performing. 

Chloe Deodato (aka "Medusa"), Ambassador Coordinator

ChloeChloe (aka “Medusa”) has 13 years of management experience in molecular and marine biology laboratories, including generating data for the Human Genome Project, studying algae, and teaching students. She attended Camp Koru #19 as a 14-year cancer survivor and loved the honest, encouraging environment and camaraderie she experienced in Maui. She wants to help keep the Ohana spirit alive in Ambassadors after camp ends.

In her spare time, Chloe enjoys road tripping, tide pooling, listening to live music, and Salsa dancing.

Mark Whitehead (aka "Ahi"), Camp Head Chef

Mark is better known as just "Ahi" to every Camp Koru participant who has experienced his incredible gift of making amazing food. Ahi may not have known before that he had the gift of healing and bringing people together through food -- now it's what he's known for at Camp Koru. 

An Oregon native and diehard Oregon Ducks fan, Ahi takes about four weeks off from his busy catering business every year to volunteer as our camp chef. His generosity and enthusiasm for food is contagious -- it inspires healthy balanced living, community, and love for good food! 

Matt Scott, Fundraising & Donor Engagement

Matt ScottMatt brings awareness to the issues that matter most to A4C. Since graduating from Loyola Marymount University, he's dedicated his professional life to helping nonprofits raise awareness and money online.

A portland transplant, Matt loves craft coffee, the rain and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Deeply moved by his interactions with A4C's ambassadors, he's passionate about helping young survivors overcome their fears of life after cancer. If you sign up to support A4C as a fundraiser or donor, you'll likely be hearing about how awesome you are from Matt. You're awesome too, Matt!

Noelle Smith, Donor Engagement & Social Media

Noelle Smith

Noelle supports our fundraising efforts, blog and social media here at A4C. She hails from Minnesota and attended Drake University in Iowa where she studied Broadcast News. She earned her writing chops as a local TV reporter before becoming a public relations professional helping nonprofits master fundraising, content development and social media engagement strategies.

Noelle loves historical nonfiction, NPR's This American Life and A4C's mission!


Amazing Talents

Photo & Video Staff: These talented individuals bring the camps and events to life long after they are over in beautiful imagery and videos. Their stunning photography and storytelling helps us communicate the magic that happens and we could not do it without them.

Richard Hallman

Tamar Melen

Tracy Kraft Leboe

Skip Armstrong

Chris Aguilar

Kris Ostness

Key Volunteers:

Alina Aaron: Alina is a Logistics Wizard, orchestrating plans, people and details for our biggest fundraiser, Kiteboarding 4 Cancer, from behind a curtain. Well, maybe just from behind a laptop, but we rarely see her, so she might as well be the Wizard! 

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Funds donated to Athletes for Cancer benefit our KORU Survivorship Program.


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