About Us

Twist Out Cancer provides psychosocial support to cancer survivors and their loved ones through creative arts programming. We are a global community that enables anyone touched by cancer to connect, create, support and inspire.

Why Twist?

Twist Out Cancer (TOC) was built on the belief that when you share, the world opens up. At the age of 29, Jenna Benn Shersher was diagnosed with grey zone lymphoma—a rare form of cancer which affects less than 300 people in the United States.

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Midway through treatment, Jenna, a dancer at heart, was isolated due to her compromised immune system. Alone and longing for the days when she could dance freely, she created an online video of herself doing the twist. She asked her friends to join her on her virtual dance floor, and within days, Jenna’s challenge was met by hundreds of videos of thousands of people dancing around the world. She no longer felt alone but instead connected to and supported by a community of twisters. When Jenna completed treatment she knew that she wanted to give back in a meaningful way. She recognized the power of sharing and the importance of creating a support community that caters to the psychosocial needs of those affected by cancer. Thus: Twist Out Cancer was born.


Our Community

Our community is comprised of survivors, previvors, caregivers and artists who have been touched by cancer.

Survivors are individuals that have heard the three words “you have cancer.” For many, a cancer journey does not start and end with diagnosis and cure. We believe that anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer has survived a life-changing experience.

Previvors are individuals who are genetically predisposed to cancer.

Caregivers are individuals who love and care for an individual diagnosed with cancer or previvor.

Our Informational Brochure and Annual Report

Please check out our informational brochure and Annual Report.

Twist Out Cancer Informational Brochure

Annual Report 2021

Annual Report 2020 

Annual Report  2019

Twist Out Cancer is a registered (501-c-3) non profit and our community relies on philanthropic support to deliver our transformative programs.

Jenna Benn Shersher

Founder and CEO

Jenna Benn Shersher is a 39-year-old civil rights advocate, world traveler and tiny twister who dreams big. Founder and CEO of Twist Out Cancer, and the President of the Board.

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Our Board Members
Jenna Benn Shersher
Founder and CEO and Board President
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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Andrew Edelston
National Board Chair, Executive Board Member, Financial Advisor at Lakefront Group at Morgan Stanley
Glencoe, Illinois
Lakefront Group at Morgan Stanley
Emma Peck Block
Executive Board Member, Secretary,Clinical Social Worker at Formative Psychological Services
Chicago, Illinois
Formative Psychological Services
Sharon Arffa
Dr. Sharon Arffa
Executive Board Member, Neuropsychologist
Austin, Texas
Cynthia Beck
Cynthia Beck
Executive Board Member
Chicago, Illinois
Danny Glick
Danny Glick
Executive Board Member, Real Estate Broker
Chicago, Illinois
The Danny Glick Group
Josh Taustein
Executive Board Member, Director of Marketing and Communications at Twist Out Cancer
Morton Grove, Illinois
Twist Out Cancer
Jon Goldberg
Executive Board Member, President of Padcaster
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dr. Christian Squillante
Executive Board Member, MD is a medical oncologist and internal medicine specialist at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute – Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Allinea Health
Stephanie Plein
Executive Board Member,Clinical Connections Day School - Speech Therapist
Deerfield, Illinois
August Spree
Executive Board Member, Director of Programs at Twist Out Cancer and Events Manager at Big Brothers Big Sisters Chicago
Detroit, Michigan
Erin Johnson
Executive Board Member, Searl Lamaster Howe Architects - Office Manager
Chicago, Illinois
Howard Aaron
Executive Board Member, Personal Trainer and Health Motivator
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Howard Aaron Fitness Coach
Joelle Bilow
Joelle Goldman Bilow
Executive Board Member
Glencoe, Illinois
Dan Hadad
Executive Board Member
Toronto, Ontario
Jenn Katz Margolis
Executive Board Member,Global Coverage Officer, Private Equity ADP
Washington, District of Columbia
Mardi Kaplan
Advisory Board Member,Toyota Financial Services - Communications Consultant
Chicago, Illinois
Gudrun Wu Snyder
Advisory Board Member, Doctor of Acupuncture and Owner of Moon Rabbit Acupuncture
Chicago, Illinois
Moon Rabbit Accupuncture
Jeff Guerrero
Advisory Board Member, Lead, UI/UX and Creative at [email protected]
Chicago, Illinois
Jacqueline Carmody
Jacqueline Carmody
Advisory Board Member, Licensed Clinical Art Therapist
Chicago, Illinois
Integrative Psychotherapy Associates
Anna Feneis
Anna Feneis
Advisory Board, Fine Artist
Denver, Colorado
Kimberly Kass
Advisory Board, Director of Business Development, Agilify Automation (part of Ascension)
Austin, Texas
Ella Hawk
Advisory Board, Nurse Practioner at Cooper University Health Systems
Swedesboro, New Jersey
Dr. Martin Hogan
Advisory Board, DDS
Glencoe, Illinois
Bari Murphy
Advisory Board, Licensed Professional Counselor
Chicago, Illinois
Shelby Zitelman
Advisory Board, Licensed Professional Counselor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Kenny Lapins
Advisory Board, Writer, Artist, Poet
Chicago, Illinois
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Kara Thomas
Advisory Board, Artist
Detroit, Michigan
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Tanya Kertsman
Advisory Board, Pharmacist & Blogger
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Our Staff
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Jenna Benn Shersher, she/her
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MSW
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Amelia Hanrahan, she/her
Chicago, Illinois
Chief Operating Officer
Joshua Taustein, he/him
Deerfield, Illinois
Director of Marketing and Communication
August Spree, she/her
Detroit, Michigan
Director of Programs
Ana Gordon
Ana Gordon, she/her
Chicago, Illinois
Clinical Director, LCSW
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Jackie Carmody
Jacqueline Carmody, she/her
Chicago, Illinois
Clinical Art Therapist, LCPC, ATR-BC
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Lindsay Patton
Lindsay Patton, she/her
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Director of Digital Strategy
Andrew Zahn, he/him
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Web Development
Vast Development
Cai Fasse, they/them
Chicago, Illinois
Intern, Social Media and Marketing
Jenna Koch, she/her
Potomac, Maryland
Intern, Programs and Communications
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When you share -
the world opens up”

Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer