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.+ Read More
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 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 caring for an individual diagnosed with cancer or previvor.
the world opens up”
Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer