Aviva Rubin, Keynote Speaker

Aviva Rubin is a Toronto-based freelance writer, mom of two boys, patient advocate and health policy consultant as well as a member of Odette’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. Her writing on cancer has been published in The Globe and Mail, The New York Times and Chatelaine. She’s the author of the memoir Lost and Found in Lymphomaland, that documents her trip through cancer. One reviewer of the book says:

 I never thought anyone could make me laugh about cancer, but Aviva Rubin has managed to take a difficult topic, her own lymphoma diagnosis and subsequent treatment, and explore the ins and outs with compassion, insight and humor. Her story is one experienced of many, but her voice is singular. You will laugh, cry, share her fears, anxiety, hope and marvelous take on a frightening process. This is a book for everyone, not just those facing cancer, because at its core it illustrates the resilience of the human spirit.