Cancer Wellness Center hires new executive director

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Hope Bradley recently joined Stewart's Caring Place: Cancer Wellness Center in Akron as its executive director.

She came to Stewart's from Kent State University, where she cultivated relationships with donors to secure gifts for the university's $250 million capital campaign. She served as director of advancement in education, health and human services, and then as coordinator of operations and special projects.

Prior to being at KSU, Bradley was employed at the University of Mount Union in Alliance and was involved with its $80 million capital campaign.

With her extensive background, Bradley will review Stewart's fundraising efforts. Currently, two annual events help fund the organization.

"We need to be more financially diverse," she explained. "We do well with the money we raise from our two big events, but we need to expand that base."

Bradley also plans to engage hospitals, community leaders and consumers to assure that Stewart's is providing the right programs and services needed by those with a cancer diagnosis and their families.

Being at the organization for three weeks, Bradley reflects on her experience thus far.

"This place makes a lot of people feel happy. I see some come in looking exhausted and defeated, and when they leave, they're smiling. You simply can't beat it."

"I want to make an impact that truly changes people's lives," said Bradley. That's her passion. "When I first toured Stewart's, I fell in love with it; being here felt right."

Bradley comes from a long history of community service. Her father is a pastor and always involved the family in the missions and projects the church was leading.

She subsequently spent many years at the Salvation Army in Akron serving as the director of summer camp and after-school programs.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in psychology, Bradley worked as an intake worker and foster parent recruiter at a therapeutic foster parent agency.

Bradley served on the United Way committee at KSU, where she motivated faculty, staff and students to donate to the campaign, helping the university become the largest United Way supporter in Portage County.

Bradley lives in Brunswick and is currently working on completing her doctorate degree. She's an avid runner, having participated in more than 22 marathons, ultra-trail races, and 100-mile endurance races.

For more information about Bradley or Stewart's Caring Place, contact Raven DeVoll at 330-836-1772 or events@stewartscaringplace.org.

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