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.
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 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.
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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 Executive Director of Twist Out Cancer, President of the Board.
Jenna Benn Shersher
Founder and CEO and Board President
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
National Board Chair, Executive Board Member, Financial Advisor at Lakefront Group at Morgan Stanley
Emma Peck Block
Executive Board Member, Secretary,Clinical Social Worker at Formative Psychological Services
Dr. Gena Khodos-Battle
Executive Board Member, Treasurer
Highland Park, Illinois
Executive Board Member, Public Relations
Executive Board Member, Brushes with Cancer Austin Co-Chair. Salesforce - Product Specialist.
Executive Board Member, President of Padcaster
Dr. Christian Squllante
Executive Board Member, MD is a medical oncologist and internal medicine specialist at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute – Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.
Executive Board Member,Clinical Connections Day School - Speech Therapist
Executive Board Member and Brushes with Cancer Detroit Chair. Event Coordinator at Greater Metropolitan Association of REALTORS®
Executive Board Member, Searl Lamaster Howe Architects - Office Manager
Executive Board Member, Owner of Iris B. Communications
Executive Board Member, Personal Trainer and Health Motivator
Joelle Goldman Bilow
Executive Board Member
Executive Board Member, Head of ABL Operations for TD Bank
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, TD Bank
Jenn Katz Margolis
Advisory Board Member,Global Coverage Officer, Private Equity ADP
Washington, District of Columbia
Advisory Board Member, Organizational Management Consultant
Advisory Board Member,Toyota Financial Services - Communications Consultant
Gudrun Wu Snyder
Advisory Board Member, Doctor of Acupuncture and Owner of MoonRabbit Acupuncture
Advisory Board Member, Licensed Clinical Art Therapist
Advisory Board Member, Financial Advisor at Lakefront Group at Morgan Stanley
Advisory Board, Nurse Navigator at Cooper University Health Systems
Blackwood, New Jersey
Advisory Board, Director of Business Development, Agilify Automation (part of Ascension)
Advisory Board, Nurse Practioner at Cooper University Health Systems
Swedesboro, New Jersey
Canadian Board Co-Chair, Innovation atSinai Health Foundation
Canadian Board Co-Chair
Canadian Board, Senior Manager, Partner Services and Stewardship, Habitat for Humanity Canada
Canadian Board Member,Manager, Standards Program at Imagine Canada
Canadian Board Member,Executive Director Clusier
Jenna Benn Shersher
Founder and CEO, MSW
Director of Outreach and Strategic Partnerships
Dr. Lauren Rynar
Clinical Director, Ph.D
Clinical Art Therapist, LCPC, ATR-BC
Director of Digital Communications
Social Media Manager
When you share -
the world opens up”
Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer