After social entrepreneur Charlie Coltman lost his best friend to pancreatic cancer in 2012, he realized that helping cancer patients and survivors was his calling. From what he witnessed, there was a huge problem in how patients and caregivers communicated with family, friends and their care teams. He was committed to creating a solution.
Five years of exhaustive research... Meetings with hundreds of cancer thought leaders... Three rounds of major technology development revealed a link between these cancer communication gaps and quality of life issues. Just as important, Charlie and team discovered there was a huge missing component of cancer care: the voice of patients, survivors and caregivers.
Enter the CancerLife App. The first cancer care platform designed to improve Quality of Life three major ways. This past summer, the CancerLife APP platform was validated, via a clinical trial with the John Wayne Cancer Institute.
Recently, CancerLife has become a licensed partner with IBM Watson, which will enable the platform to significantly expand its quality of life R&D
Charlie's vision is getting closer to becoming reality. Someday soon, CancerLife will be the largest, unified cancer platform for patients, survivors and caregivers around the world: Users around the world will more proactive in their care, while contributing symptom and quality of data that can help others around the world. The wisdom of the cancer crowd will change lives in ways never imagined before.
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.
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.
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.
Mark Schneider - Director of Marketing
Mark also experienced the pain of losing a loved one when his mother passed away after 10 months of battling pancreatic cancer. He and his siblings fought constantly trying to figure out “what was best for mom”, while living thousands of miles apart from each other. Mark has launched two national communications divisions and developed campaigns for over one-third of the Fortune 1000. Until CancerLife, Mark did not have a legacy to stand on. His desire to make a significant contribution to the greater good with CancerLife drives him to accomplish the extraordinary, every single day.
Ondreah Johnson, RN - Chief Cultural Officer
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.
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.