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Volunteer Spotlight - Susan Braden

Susan Braden may have thought that she wrapped up her vocal education career with hundreds of high schoolers nearly two years ago, but she has since discovered how to use her many creative talents in an innovative way, and all while on her cholangiocarcinoma journey.  Susan has a delightfully creative mind and has written and performs a one-woman show called ‘Because I Can, Sir”- a Metastatic Musical Comedy. She has performed her show over 25 times,each with an incredibly warm reception. She is a cancer warrior with an arsenal of music, comedy, chemotherapy and faith.  Susan encourages others to use laughter as a daily medicine and to live each day without fear - inside and outside of her performances.

In 2015 Susan seemed to be suffering from what she thought was a gallbladder attack, and instead, surgery was soon proposed for a liver resection due to the cancer within the week.  Upon her husband’s recommendation, they sought a second opinion preceding the surgery. After consulting with specialists, she knew surgery was not the best option, and her first treatment became a clinical trial. 

Susan has never shown “no evidence of the disease” (NED), the cancer is still active, but Susan shares that she is grateful for an oncology team that is “constantly studying my case and always a step ahead.”

Susan has been a mentor with the CholangioConnect program for about 3 years, a contributor to the Cholangio...what? blog, an annual conference volunteer, and a research advocate volunteer.  She loves connecting with people. She says it’s why she volunteers at all - because of the people.  She knows those she serves are going through something really tough and she wants to help. For anyone interested in getting involved with the Foundation Susan shares “we all have a gift that can be used. What are your gifts? What makes you happy? The more people we can get plugged into the Foundation, the better we’ll be together.” 

It is a great honor and privilege to recognize Susan Braden as Volunteer of the Month!

New Volunteer Opportunities

Cindy Thomas is the Foundation's Volunteer Coordinator.

Cindy received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University and has enjoyed working with the Foundation since June of 2018 as a part time staff member.

If you have any questions regarding the Foundation's volunteer programs, please contact Cindy at cindy.thomas@cholangiocarcinoma.org.

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