SurvivorVision’s® beginning is quite personal. Founder, Julia O’Malley Stepenske, is a two time childhood cancer survivor and pediatric oncology nurse, who embraced her childhood cancer experience, which led her to found SurvivorVision®.
Cancer provided Julia with the calling to care for the next generation of childhood cancer survivors. While pregnant with her second child, Julia’s cancer unexpectantly returned 19 years after it went into remission. Fortunately, she was diagnosed and treated quickly thanks to advances in cancer treatment and being a member of a childhood cancer survivorship program that helped her navigate life after cancer.
Today, with the population of childhood cancer survivors growing at an unprecedented rate, the mission and vision of SurvivorVision® are more urgent than ever before. SurvivorVision® continues to make a difference in thousands of lives through funding for programs to enable survivors to lead the best life possible despite the odds. Knowing more about one’s history and treatment not only helps inform care providers, but more importantly, empowers these individuals to navigate the world as a cancer survivor-not a cancer patient.