FINDING ESCAPE

Escape. It can be time in the mountains, a family trip to Disney Land, or maybe it's just a few hours spent on a warm summer evening rooting for your favorite baseball team. It's a word that means many different things to many different people. To adults facing cancers, however, the word takes on a new meaning.

To these individuals, escape means a moment's reprieve from thinking of medical bills. It's a chance to talk with family about the meal and not the medicine. It's a chance to be 'mom', 'dad', daughter', or 'son', and not 'patient'. This is the true 'escape' that Life is Good No Matter What strives to bring to those battling cancer.

Numbers to date

295
Supporters 1
$335,429
raised 2
64
escapes 3

"Life Is Good No Matter What provided a light at the end of a seemingly endless tunnel, even if it was just for a moment. I don't have words to thank them for what they did for my family."

MISSY SMITH, escaped to Disney with her partner and their son

    Numbers to Date:
  1. Partners and supporters since 2013 who have donated time or money to make escapes possible.
  2. Funds raised to support escapes since 2013
  3. Escapes granted since 2013 to adults with cancers. And more in progress!

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"It provided precious moments together as a family, as all three of our children were able to attend. We are very grateful and deeply humbled by this generous gift. It was just what we needed to temporarily push this cancer nightmare to the back of our minds."

CHRIS WILLMAN, escaped to Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia with his wife Dana and two daughters

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Our Mission

This charity was originally set up to honor Holly Sneider of Milan, OH - who died in 2011 at the age of 39. She was a wife and mother of 3 young children and always maintained a positive attitude - she would sign her (public) Care Pages with "Life is Good No Matter What" when providing updates. This charity was originally established by her brother, Troy Haslinger, and is currently managed and administered by its current Board of Directors as listed and volunteers.

In 2011, Holly passed away, but her dream to help others did not. In 2012, the 501-(C)(3), Life is Good No Matter What (LIGNMW), was incorporated in Akron, with the mission of providing adults with life-threatening, cancers an escape from the label of "cancer patient" and allowing them to remember what it’s like to feel normal, if just for a day.

Since its founding, Life is Good No Matter What has granted nearly 60 escapes to adults as young as 20, all the way up to 81. From helping a couple return to the place of their proposal to giving a mother and daughter one last special weekend away, LIGNMW works closely with patients, families, doctors, and friends to provide an experience that will stay with them for years to come.

Cancer can take over every part of life. Life is Good No Matter What is dedicated to helping adults with cancer step away from the schedules, medicines, and treatments and live the life they have to fullest. rur vision for the future is to continue the mission inspired by Holly more than 5 years ago. By deepening our local partnerships, strengthening our relationships in the medical community, and mobilizing teams of passionate volunteers, we are committed to granting 100 more escapes by 2023 to those who need it most.

Board of Directors

If you have interest in joining our team, please email a completed application to info@lifeisgoodnomatterwhat.org

Kelli Smith

Program Director/Vice Chair

Kelli has been named Program Director recently for Life Is Good No Matter What. She has been a volunteer with the charity since 2014. Cancer has impacted her family in many ways and she is very passionate about ensuring meaningful and personal escapes for each family.

Kelli's background includes an MBA in Human Resources and has spent over 12 years in corporate recruitment as well as a Human Resources consultant for numerous companies in Northeast Ohio.

As Program Director Kelli is eager to network and build relationships in Northeast Ohio as well as reintroduce the charity to the community through different events.

Tracey Dwyer

Chair

Tracey is currently the Head of Patient Experience & Clinical Engagement for Bloom Medicinals. Tracey has worked in health and wellness for the last fifteen years and earned her MBA from Ohio University in Healthcare Administration. She is a breast cancer survivor herself and is committed to elevating the quality of life for every cancer patient, and all those affected by this disease, because life and love is all there is!

Brian Boucher

Treasurer

Brian Boucher is the District Director and a Wealth Management Advisor of Northwestern Mutual in Cleveland, OH. Brian resides in Bay Village, OH with his wife Lisa and three children-Gabe, Cameron and Dominic. He is passionate about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, boating and is involved in coaching his boys football team. In recent years, Brian has been involved in raising money for Alex's Lemonade Stand and Susan G. Komen as a way to give back, as he has had family members affected by cancer.

Julia Hada

Board Member

Julia Hada works in Communications and Content Marketing for Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group™ in Akron, Ohio. She holds a Master of Arts in Education from Heidelberg University and resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Numerous family members and friends of Julia have been affected by cancer, and their experiences motivate her efforts to provide joyful sojourns to patients as they navigate through care.

Victoria DiNardi

Board Member

Victoria is a Pharmacist and General Manager for Rise dispensary. She attended The University of Findlay to earn her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and has been working in retail pharmacy for 8 years. She currently lives in Lakewood, Ohio with her husband and two dogs, Penny Lane and Lucy.

Victoria's job allows her to work with cancer patients regularly and she is passionate about helping them to achieve the best quality of life possible. She is excited to work with Life Is Good No Matter What to reach even more patients affected by cancer.

Ally Reaves

Board Member

My name is Alicia "Ally" Reaves and I am the Founder/President of Midwest CannaWomen and the Community Outreach Coordinator for RISE Dispensaries-Ohio. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Associate of Business degree Graduate of Chancellor University.

I am a passionate CannaPreneur, Innovator, Leader, Creator, Innovator, Influencer, Patient and true Supporter of the Cannabis/Hemp/Holistic Industries across the Midwest. I live to be an advocate for Minorities and all those who need someone to speak for the people.

Linda Stalvey

Board Member

Linda is a realtor with Cutler Real Estate. A retiree from federal service, she worked in public and media affairs for the NIH, Selective Service and VA in Washington, D.C.

Linda lost her father and his siblings, as well as a life-long friend born 6 hours after Linda to cancer.

David Vegh

Board Member

David is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Theater at Case Western Reserve University, where he teaches acting and directing in both the undergraduate and CWRU/Cleveland Playhouse MFA Acting Programs. David is incredibly excited to help bring joyful experiences and memories to anyone impacted by this disease.

David R. Jury, M.D.

Board Member

Dr. David R. Jury is an anesthesiologist in Cleveland, Ohio and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area. He has over 10 years of experience and enjoys offering his medical expertise in any way he can. Dr. Jury is very passionate about helping the cancer community in NE Ohio.

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