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Baron Robison, Executive Director of Kickin' Cancer wearing a pink shirt for breast cancer awareness

Baron Robison

Executive Director

In Dec 2015 I found out my sister, Brenda Farris, had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She was in Mesa, AZ and I was in Salem, OR so my ability to support her like I wanted just wasn’t realistic. When I knew she was doing better and could come visit for Christmas 2017 I was so excited. Seeing her that Christmas was so great. We talked about how she was battling her cancer, the diet changes she had made and the exercise routine she was doing. Then she flew home. In Jan I heard about this fun event called the Warrior Dash, a trail run obstacle course outside of Canby. Over the course of the next few months I managed to rally 42 of my co-workers at Costco to do this with us and get Brenda’s story on KGW news (the link for that is still on HelpTeamBrenda.com). The look on Brenda’s face to see all of these people she had never met put on a “pepto pink” shirt and get muddy was so great. It warmed my heart to be able to support her, finally.

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Robin Paulissen

Robin Paulissen

Board President

Hi! I am Robin Paulissen, I am excited to be one of the new Board member at We Are The Solution Kickin’ Cancer. I little about me: I currently work for the Oregon State Police as a Operations & Policy Analyst. I have 30 years of a law and finance background.

Why this organization is so important to me is that I am a 3-year breast cancer survivor. During this COVID pandemic my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and her brother (my uncle) died of lung cancer. Educating society to create a world preventing cancer is my dream!

I am the Director of Pathways, a division of Kickin’ Cancer, which supports the youth in the families having a cancer-stricken member. These youth usually step back so that the family member with the receives the need attention. These youth need support through this time also. Pathways volunteers come in as a mentor, support, and/or friend and assist the youth I what they need at the moment. Volunteers are there to show that they are important and that they may create their lives even going through their family challenges.

Pathways is looking for volunteers to come and join us working with these youth. Come and be a part of this amazing program!

Claire Juran

Claire Juran

Secretary

Claire was born in 1997 in Salem, Oregon to Kyle and Becki Juran and raised in Keizer, Oregon. She is the youngest of four, with a twin brother. She grew up in the Salem/Keizer school district and graduated from McNary High School, Class of 2015. She was involved in leadership her junior and senior years as the junior class representative and the senior class president.

She grew up enjoying her off time playing tournament softball and club swim team. Claire has grown up in the construction and interior design trades, but finally committed her career to the industry in 2018.

She works full time as an Interior Design Consultant for her dad’s company, Remodeling by Classic Homes in Keizer. Claire is involved with the Keizer Chamber and volunteers within her community. She has many hobbies, that include gardening, cooking, baking, playing with her bunnies and cat, and spending time with her family and friends.

Jill Ward

Jill Ward

Treasurer

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Laura McSweeney - Board President

Laura McSweeney

I am a native Oregonian where I raised three sons and am now a grandmother to three granddaughters and one grandson. I’ve worked in the private sector, owned and operated businesses here and most recently (14 years) worked in emergency management with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for whom I have led over 40 responses to disaster declarations across our nation and territories. As a leader overseeing multiple teams and programs poised to bring much needed assistance to local communities and individuals, I have learned that preparedness and mitigation are our key to the first lines of defense against known and unknown disasters. Cancer is a disaster, and our first line of defense is to arm ourselves with knowledge and secondly, to empower ourselves to take action to protect our lives and those we love against cancer. I, like many of you, have lost loved ones to this horrible disease and I want to be part of the effort that works to educate and inspire each of us to take action to prevent cancer from invading our bodies.