Project Koru’s Mindy Buchanan has resigned from her role as Program Director to pursue national advocacy and policy work in the adolescent and young adult cancer space.
Mindy joined Project Koru in 2015 from OHSU / The Knight Cancer Institute. While at Project Koru, she developed and executed the This is Life program -- a workshop-based weekend event for cancer survivors to build a toolkit for facing their new normal in a variety of areas in life -- finance, career, parenting, relationships, insurance, exercise & nutrition, after-effects and much more. Fully committed to the mission of helping young adults move forward after cancer, she developed core processes and outcome measurement tools for all Project Koru programming. Building a system for measuring experiential-based impact was a long process, and Mindy paved the path to make it happen.
Mindy’s thorough understanding of the cancer journey from a view of psychosocial support helped her develop a Wellness Guide role for Camp Koru, an integral support role for camp. Her deep understanding of navigating resources of the healthcare system helped Project Koru strengthen relationships and outreach with oncologists, social workers, and cancer centers across the country.
“Mindy is one of the most passionate people committed to this cause of young adult cancer survivorship,” said Project Koru CEO Tonia Farman. “We are sad to see Mindy leave, however excited for her new focus in policy and advocacy work. She will contribute great things to the cause on a broad and systemic level.”
Project Koru’s co-founder Tonia Farman resides to lead as CEO, bringing in Lindsey Walkemeyer as Project Koru’s new Program Coordinator.