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Touched by Cancer magazine calls upon the knowledge of local medical experts, mental health professionals, the legal community, faith-based counselors and other members of the cancer community to help make it a valuable source of information for those dealing with or affected by cancer in the Triangle. These are the people who help shape the content of Touched by Cancer magazine:


Adrian L. DixonAdrian L. Dixon, M.Div., led the development of Duke Raleigh Hospital’s Spiritual Care Department in 2003, served as its clinical chaplain from 2003-2005 and has been its director of spiritual care since 2006. The Rev. Dixon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Campbell University and a master’s in divinity from Duke University. He is a member of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, the Association of Professional Chaplains and the North Carolina Chaplain’s Association. In addition to his full-time role at the hospital, he also pastors a church in Knightdale.\

Gary S. GrubbGary S. Grubb, M.D., M.P.H., helps Triangle-area cancer patients with their medical information questions in his second career after working 25 years on epidemiological studies and clinical trials in women’s health. In 2007, he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. During his treatment, he saw the patient’s side of the medical maze and realized how he could improve it as a patient advocate. He also volunteers for two cancer peer support programs and for a hospice family support program.

Dan Jones is the chief of the Chapel Hill Fire Department and one of the most well-known and respected figures in the fire service today. Chief Jones entered the fire service in 1974 and worked his way up the ranks before moving to his current role in 1990. He has served the industry on numerous boards and committees on the local, state and national levels. He is also an “on-air authority” for CNN Headline News. Recently he served as caregiver for his wife, Nanette, as she overcame ovarian cancer.

Mary Lawrence is the president and CEO of the Cornucopia Cancer Support Center. She relocated to North Carolina from the Chicago area, where she served as founding managing director of Wisdom Bridge Coaching and held CEO positions at both a youth mentoring organization and a 30,000-member international grassroots organization that specialized in infant nutrition. Personally aware of the cancer journey through experiences shared by close family members, Mary identifies with the importance of Cornucopia’s mission: to be a place where anyone touched by cancer can find support and resources to live life to the fullest.

Emmeline MadsenEmmeline Madsen, M.P.H., is the manager of cancer outreach, support day infusion and the Cancer Specialty Center at the Rex Cancer Center. In her role at Rex, Emmeline is responsible for providing the community with information on cancer prevention and detection, individual supportive care services and associated programs for those diagnosed, and development and management of integrated care and multidisciplinary clinical care. Emmeline joined Rex in 2007 with prior experience with the National Cancer Institute’s cancer information service and patient education at the University of Virginia Cancer Center. She holds a master’s degree in public health from George Washington University.

Diane Moore is the founder, president and executive director of Striving for More, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring children with cancer and their families receive the emotional and spiritual support they need. She has more than 20 years of experience working for major telecommunications companies as a business analyst and project manager. In June 2008 her family’s life was tragically turned upside down when their 9-year-old daughter, Colleen, died of osteosarcoma. During Colleen’s nine-month battle with this disease, the family had Colleen cared for at three different hospitals and saw distinctly different levels of care in the area of emotional and spiritual support for children. After Colleen died, thoughts of children struggling with cancer without emotional and spiritual support continued to haunt Diane, and she made the decision to dedicate her life to this work.

April PerryApril Perry, RN, APN, M.Ed., is a clinical educator for Duke Homecare & Hospice and a clinical associate at the Duke University School of Nursing. April is well-known for her charitable work in the aftermath of major disasters, working in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and more recently following the earthquake in Haiti. Her work in Haiti actually began in 2003 with a medical mission, and today her accomplishments there are too numerous to list. She established Luke’s Mission, a nonprofit group in Durham that helps advance health initiatives in Haiti, which has done everything from build a water filtration system to put a local youth through medical school. In 2010 she received Duke University Hospital’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Caregiver Award for her humanitarian and lifesaving work in Haiti.

Paulomi Raiji, Ph.D., is a counseling psychologist with Lepage Associates in Durham who provides whole-person clinical services, meaning she respects the complex relationship between behavior, thought, mood, spirituality and physiology. She brings a truly unique skill set to her work with clients, having been trained in both western and eastern psychology. Dr. Raiji holds a doctorate in counseling psychology with a focus in health psychology and a master’s in community psychology, and she is trained in several empirically based therapy techniques and has additional research experience and training in meditation and mindfulness psychology.

Alan ScottAlan Scott is the director of design and marketing at Wake Radiology. A native of Raleigh, his marketing group leads the Triangle area in radiology imaging services for 17 locations. He was formerly the president of a local design firm who serviced many Triangle medical practices as well as the creative director of a visualization software firm. He has more than 25 years of experience in brand development, marketing communications and graphic design. Alan graduated from North Carolina State University, where he majored in textile design technology with a minor in business communications. He’s honored to add a helping hand to the powerful mission of this magazine and to be a part of strengthening interpersonal communications of society on the topic of cancer.

Walter L. Shepherd recently retired from the public service sector and now serves as the owner and principal of Comprehensive Cancer Consulting Services. His accomplishments and professional positions are too numerous to list, but highlights include being the director of the North Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Program, the executive director of the N.C. Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination & Control, director of professional services for the N.C. Academy of Family Physicians and convener and sponsor of the North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association.

Sharon TaylorSharon Taylor, M.D., has been serving patients as a medical oncologist at Duke Raleigh Hospital since 1999. Dr. Taylor earned her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine in 1982 and completed her medical residency at Harlem Hospital Center and a hematology and oncology fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Believing there is more to treating cancer patients than just administering chemotherapy, Dr. Taylor has recently completed Dr. Andrew Weil’s fellowship in integrative medicine (the combination of mainstream and complementary therapies to treat the whole patient, body, mind and spirit) at the University of Arizona. She has particular interests in breast cancer, nutrition and mind-body therapies such as hypnotherapy for symptom management.

Dan Thorpe is the executive director for the American Cancer Society’s greater Raleigh area. Dan and his team are working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by raising funds and delivering patient support in the Triangle and its surrounding counties. He holds a master’s degree from Old Dominion University and has been with the American Cancer Society for six years.

Brenda Wilcox, RN, is an oncology-certified nurse with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and more than 20 years of professional oncology experience. She joined the Duke Raleigh Cancer Center in 2004 and, along with a co-worker, created, developed and implemented the hospital’s patient navigator program. She coordinates care for those patients and families with a cancer diagnosis and serves as an advocate and liaison to help make the patient experience as streamlined and stress-free as possible. She provides ongoing education for patients, leads a general cancer support group and serves on the hospital’s cancer committee, as well as the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

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About Touched By Cancer Magazine: Touched by Cancer is a bimonthly magazine dedicated to providing a non-medical resource guide for everyone affected by cancer in the Triangle and surrounding area of North Carolina. It is a practical guide to living with cancer for patients, their family members, friends and caregivers. Every issue profiles local cancer survivors, medical professionals and treatment facilities and contains useful tips and information to allow patients to focus on their health. Feel free to contact Touched by Cancer's associate publisher, Mike Macdonald at with any questions you may have about our publication. View author profile.

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