The mission of MyLifeLine.org is to empower cancer patients and caregivers to build an online support community of family and friends to foster connection, inspiration, and healing through free, personalized websites.
Did you know that 1.5 Million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year? (Source: ACS)
We want to be a visible option for each of these patients to get the support network in place to take care of their needs.
1,000,000 patients, caregivers and their supporters using our service by 2020.
MyLifeLine was founded in 2007 by Marcia Donziger, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1997, when she was 27 years old. The Internet existed at the time, but not with the fullness it does now. She recalls feeling overwhelmed by the volume of concern, during a time when she was struggling to fight the cancer inside her. She couldn’t physically return all the phone calls herself, and found it emotionally draining to repeat the same information about her condition, over and over. She often felt guilty for not staying in better touch with the people who cared about her.
In 2003, Marcia became aware of a special young woman, Lori Arquilla Andersen, who had just been diagnosed with cancer. Marcia was profoundly inspired – not just by Lori’s strength through crisis, but also by the way she harnessed the tools available to stay in touch with her family and friends during her illness. Through her own personal website, she posted her progress and courageously (and humorously!) inspired all who followed her struggle. As time went on, Lori’s support network expanded beyond her imagination. People visited Lori’s site to write encouraging messages, offer help to her family, or just stay updated and keep her in their prayers.
Inspired by Lori and her family, Marcia saw the tremendous benefit for cancer patients to communicate via a personal website. Sharing updates and managing caring messages via one central website can help everyone touched by cancer to deal with it.
“Lori’s website got us through the difficult times.”
—Linda Magiera, Lori’s mom
Marcia saw an opportunity to make a difference for other cancer patients. She decided to go for it, extending the benefit of free, personal websites to all cancer patients. Thus MyLifeLine was born as a non-profit organization.