OTC Ep. 4 – Joanna Dennstaedt Spreads Hope And Support To Cancer Survivors
We all know someone who has been touched by cancer. What can you do to help support someone who is battling cancer or is a caregiver?
Cancer is such an ugly disease! The American Cancer Society estimates that as many as 1.7 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed. In America alone, 609,000 cancer deaths are estimated. Everyone knows somebody who has been touched by this disease.
But there is hope! Radiant Hope seeks to provide support for those battling cancer themselves or for those care-taking for a cancer patient.
In This Episode
John and Joanna Dennstaedt (founder and CEO of Radiant Hope) talk about the amazing work that her organization does to support cancer patients and their loved ones.
Meet Joanna Dennstaedt
Visionary and leader by nature, Joanna has always thrived in a team environment where she can be part of encouraging, equipping, and shepherding others as they bring their own dreams to life. Her enthusiasm is contagious and she loves to see others reach personal goals, find their identity in Christ and celebrate along side of them in their journey.
In 2014, as a young mom, when Joanna was diagnosed with Stage 3 Malignant Metastatic Melanoma she became the first recipient of a HOPE package. She endured two major surgeries and nine months of debilitating and life altering treatment. One impossible day when she was at her darkest and about to embark on a cancer journey neither her nor her family was prepared for a package arrived on her doorstep. A stranger, states away, prayed over and sent her an encouraging package after she heard Joanna’s story, and it was that day that began the vision of Radiant Hope.
It’s Joanna’s mission that through Radiant Hope she can walk with others and encourage them in their cancer journey. She knows first hand the struggle that cancer diagnosis and survivorship can be. She believes Radiant Hope is more than a ministry but her calling. No one chooses cancer but they can choose what they do with their cancer, there is always HOPE.
Prior to her cancer story and Radiant Hope Joanna was at home raising her four little ones. She has also coached collegiate and high school lacrosse and considers that a great love of hers. She deeply loves women and seeing them grow in their faith. She would also call herself volunteer extraordinaire, always filling holes in her local church and community.
- Radiant Hope is a Christian 501c3 organization that seeks to provide hope and support for cancer patients in their darkest hour
- Through Radiant Hope you can send a purposeful care package to someone, make a donation or join the fight and volunteer
- Other resources to check out are – Vickie’s Angels, Someone To Tell It To, Believe Big
- A great book Joanna recently read and recommends is Loving Your Friend Through Cancer by Marissa Henley
- Check back in with Radiant Hope for their fundraising event in June 2019
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Meet John Dennis
John is a licensed professional counselor with over 14 years of experience who specializes in counseling for individuals, couples, children, and adolescents. He focuses on working with anxious teens and adults, couples who are struggling to connect with one another, and those dealing with grief and loss.
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Show Music: Theme Song – Like a Living Dead by The Topsy Turvys and Bump Music – 1973 by Bruno E. (YouTube Music Library)