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About Us & Our Team


These are unprecedented times and Pink Lemonade Project wants our breast cancer community to know that WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!

Historically, Pink Lemonade Project and its programs served the greater Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area. Now, since the Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington closed, we stepped up and is continuing two of the affiliate’s locally-grown programs: the Metastatic Breast Cancer Dinner Series and the Treatment Access Program. With these new programs, Pink Lemonade Project has expanded and serves all 36 counties in Oregon and now six in SW Washington. We are the new home for the Toni Mountain Fund, a donor-designated fund that raises money to sustain the Treatment Access Program.

We have been fortunate to have many strong financial and community supporters.  Thanks to them, our organization remains strong and has continued serving more individuals affected by breast cancer during the pandemic than ever before in our history. No matter what is going on, “We got you”!

Pink Lemonade Project wants women and men (YES, men get breast cancer too!) going through breast cancer treatment and recovery to be aware that they have the support of the Pink Lemonade Project community. We want our healthcare partners to know that they can refer their patients to us. We want our large band of Pink Lemonade Project friends (both organizations and individuals) to know that there are still ways to help and provide support to those going through treatment and recovery. Pink Lemonade Project wants to assist, too, by relieving our healthcare system focus on the most critical cases and we will step up to provide community support where we can.

We are here for you.

Check back regularly for our most current list of virtual events!

Our Staff

Susan Stearns
Chief Executive Officer

360.952.3814 | [email protected]

Lisa Ring
Marketing & Development Associate

360.952.3814 | [email protected]

Rachel Apodaca
Program Designer

360.952.3814 | [email protected]

Our Board

Executive Board:

Don Stose, Chair | Toyota Motor Sales, Retired; Mayor, Ridgefield, WA

Susan Pagel, Vice Chair | Clark County Closings

Marie Andrus, Secretary/Treasurer | Workforce Southwest Washington, Retired

Board Members:

Lucy Beltran | Oregon Child Development Coalition

Jeanne Firstenburg | President, First Independent Bank, Retired

Rebecca Kahn, MD | Breast Radiologist, Radia Inc.

Benita Presley | Chair, NAACP Vancouver Health Committee

Becky Price, RN | Compass Oncology

Lorelei Schooler | Community Volunteer, Retired

Dean Stenehjem, Ed.D. | Washington State School for the Blind, Retired

Sonja Trytko | Wood Mechanix

Board Members Emeritus

Allen Gabriel, M.D. | Allen Gabriel, M.D.

Cassie Gabriel, M.D. | Columbia Anesthesia Group

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