At the CancerHawk Foundation, our mission is to make the services, products and expertise needed to fight cancer sharply visible to patients and caregivers.
Meet Robyn Stoller
Robyn Stoller is the Founder and Executive Director of CancerHawk. Robyn graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelors of Science and from Johns Hopkins University with a Masters of Science in Business. Throughout her career, Robyn held various marketing management positions in high tech companies including Microsoft Corporation.
In 1994, Robyn traveled to Israel where she met and fell in love with Alan Stoller. They married two years later and went on to have 3 beautiful children. In 2009, Alan had surgery to remove what had been diagnosed originally as a “simple lipoma” in his arm. Several weeks later, the final pathology returned with a different diagnosis- pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. A year later, Alan passed away at the age of 47.
To honor Alan’s memory, Robyn created CancerHawk.com to help others avoid the same frustrations and challenges they experienced throughout Alan’s treatment. By applying her matchmaking skills to cancer (she actually is known for her incredible matchmaking acumen), Robyn now connects cancer fighters and supporters to resources and organizations that offer assistance to anyone touched by cancer.
When not working Robyn loves to spend time with her children Marissa, Benjamin & Ethan and dog Zoe. She also loves cooking, Pilates and skiing.
Typical Robyn: Sassy. Direct. Witty. The eternal optimist.
Favorite Spot on Earth: Home.
Finds Beautiful: The loving banter of my 3 children. Star gazing and sunsets. Sincerity. A great sense of humor.
Passionate About: Family and friends. Being a great mom. Matchmaking. Never giving up. #EndCancer.
Guilty Pleasure: Boots (cowboy & otherwise). Luke Bryan. Fantasy Football. 7 Little Words.
Personal Motto: “When life you gives you lemons, you make lemonade.”
Meet Brendan Locke
Brendan Locke is CancerHawk’s Patient Advocate and co-founder of Melissa’s Hope, a travel assistance fund created in memory of his wife Melissa to help patients with rare cancers get second opinions. Brendan graduated from Ferris State University in Michigan, where he majored in Marketing. He is a PGA Member and business owner in Wisconsin, Detroit, and St Louis. He has owned the businesses since the age of 25.
In 2006, Brendan married the love of his life Melissa. They have two incredible boys Carter and Jackson. On January 14, 2016, Melissa was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma at the age of 37 after what was thought to be pneumonia. In February, Melissa began treatment at MD Anderson in Houston Texas. Despite all their efforts, Melissa passed away on September 11. 2017.
“Without CancerHawk and its services, we would not have the guidance to know what suits our needs best. Melissa and I wanted to give back and I am so thankful to CancerHawk for giving me the opportunity to do this in honor of and in memory of my incredible wife!”
When not working, Brendan loves to golf, hunt and fish with his two boys and dog Libby. He enjoys taking his family for airplane rides (yes, he’s also a pilot) and spending time in in the great outdoors of northern Wisconsin as much as possible.
Typical Brendan: Determined. Never gives up. Fun-loving. HUGE heart.
Favorite Spot on Earth: Anywhere… as long as he is with his family.
Finds Beautiful: Melissa. Our children. The great outdoors.
Passionate About: Making Cancer History…. and making a difference in the lives of people touched by sarcoma and other rare cancers.
Guilty Pleasure: Airplanes. Golf. Fantasy Football.
Personal Motto: Suffering is part of life. The pain goes away, but the lessons don’t.