Our Story


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It all started when...

After social entrepreneur Charlie Coltman lost his best friend to pancreatic cancer in 2012, he knew he needed to make a difference in the lives of other cancer patients and caregivers. After spending years researching, he realized their was a major gap in patient reported outcomes around how cancer treatments impact patient's Quality of life.

After several attempts, he struck gold with the newly redesigned CancerLife platform that has been validated in a clinical trial by John Wayne Cancer Institute. CancerLife not only collects data but allows patients to share their moods and symptoms with others in a "open social" platform (Facebook, Messenger, Whatsapp, text or email) that is also powered by IBM Watson.

Charlie's vision is to have CancerLife be the single unified cancer platform for all patients, caregivers and survivors in order to build the most powerful data driven platform ever. This will empower patients around the world to engage in their own care but also contribute data that could help others today and in the future.

It's time for cancer patients to unite and improve care for all through a unifying data platform. CancerLife time has arrived.


It’s time patients unite under one mobile based support platform instead of on hundreds of patient portals, thousands of blogs, and millions of missed opportunities during physician encounters.
— Charlie Coltman, Founder, Cancerlife.com

Our Team


Rick Lee- Executive Chairman

Rick Lee has been leading and innovating in the healthcare space for more than 30 years. Rick started Quality Oncology in the early 90's making dramatic improvement in outcomes for patients facing cancer for the first time. His deep understanding of the Employer and Payer market has helped CancerLife.com pivot to this key stakeholder to bring value to payer members and their families. Recently, Rick led Healthrageous, one of the first digital health companies, to its eventual sale to Humana in 2013 and is also a partner in private equity fund, Hickory Capital. Rick is now CEO of MeYou Health an social digital health platform helping payers and employers engage their members with 50 unique online healthcare cost management programs.

CancerLife.com has the potential to change the Cancer Care Industry from doctor centered to patient centered and finally turn cancer patients into consumers. As we have seen time and time again, internet based platforms always win… this is no different.


Charles Coltman - Founder / CEO

After Charlie lost his best friend to pancreatic cancer in 2013, he set out to create a single mobile based support platform for cancer families who had trouble communicating and staying in touch. With over 20 years in Enterprise Software Sales experience, he understood the power of technology that was migrating to the iPhone. Charlie has worked at some of the largest software companies in the world such as SAP and Ariba as well at some of the most innovative Saas companies in the world. He spends his free time outside so long as the temperature is above freezing: golfing, biking, running and hiking.

What I am most proud of is that after 3 years of hard work, CancerLife is so easy to use that anyone going through treatment can easily update their families. It truly is the “WhatsApp for Cancer families.”


Tim Ross - Chief Technology Officer

Tim has more than 15 years of professional experience as a technologist building highly scalable web and mobile infrastructures.   Currently his new focus is Big Data and work has begun developing solutions using IBM’s Watson technology within the Bluemix cloud.  Finally, Tim is an IT security fanatic with over 10 years of experience running PCI compliant financial systems.   He is well aware of CancerLife’s HIPAA compliance requirements and has ensured all critical patient information is “locked in the vault”.  Tim has had many friends and family that have gone through cancer and improving a patient's quality of life is important to him.  He is an avid golfer and father of 2 year old boy with a new daughter on the way.

I am excited to see how we can improve the lives of cancer patients using AI and IBM Watson Platform. The possibilities are endless. I am so proud to be a part of this company and impressed with Charlie’s vision


Mark Schneider - Director of Marketing

Mark also experienced the pain of losing a loved one when his mother passed away after 14 months of battling pancreatic cancer. He and his siblings fought constantly trying to figure out “what was best for mom” while each of them was thousands of miles away. Mark has worked for the past 30 years on campaigns for over half of the Fortune 500 and currently is an expert of online reputation management where he provides consulting to small and midsize businesses.

I have personally experienced how cancer can tear at the heart of families. When I first met Charlie, I immediately understood what CancerLife could do for patients, but most importantly the caregivers.

Advisory Board

Marlon Saria, PHD, RN

Marlon is a nurse scientist with over seventeen years of experience in oncology, serving in multiple roles ranging from direct clinical care to program development and management. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Translational Neurosciences and Neurotherapeutics and Director of the Center for Quality Outcomes and Research at Pacific Neuroscience Institute and John Wayne Cancer Institute. His research focus is on providing a comprehensive approach to patient and family care in the oncology setting.



Ellen Stovall - In Memoriam

Ellen was a three time cancer survivor and a leader in the Cancer Policy space for more than 40 years. As a national policy expert, she brought together all stakeholders to ensure consistent and patient centered care was delivered in the ever-changing world of healthcare. She worked tirelessly at the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship and was an early supporter of CancerLife providing critical feedback to is design and development. She will be greatly missed.



Ondreah Johnson, RN

Ondreah Johnson has been a nurse for over 30 years and a recent breast cancer survivor. She has been an active CancerLife user and believes in its magic and power to help patients through the cancer journey. She is a trained energy healer and passionate about how cancer care needs to incorporate the spiritual aspect to their programs. She has become CancerLife Community Leader helping advise patients and caregivers inside our private Facebook support group.

I met Ondreah in her home to talk with her about CancerLife and I knew that she could help transform it from an app to something more magical. I have appointed her the Spiritual Leader of our amazing Community.
— Charlie Coltman -Founder of CancerLife