Lori Hope is the author of the revised and expanded Help Me Live: 20 Things People with Cancer Want You to Know. A cancer survivor herself, Hope speaks and writes about the importance of communicating compassionately with those rendered especially vulnerable by any disease, trauma, or condition. The expanded and revised edition of the book, with a new foreword by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, new sections on gender and cancer, young adult and childhood cancer, and cultural differences, plus a new survey of more than 600 survivors, was pubished September 13, 2011.
Hope is the producer of more than twenty documentaries that have garnered dozens of awards, and a former medical reporter, radio commentator, and newspaper editor. She uses her skill and passion as a communicator to inspire others to find the pleasure and value in supporting those who are suffering.
Her work has appeared in Newsweek and on the Oprah show and her commentaries have been broadcast on radio stations nationwide. Help Me Live…. has been featured in numerous media, including Time and Redbook magazines, The San Francisco Chronicle, and ABC News. A featured speaker with Speakers on Healthcare, she has spoken at dozens of gatherings sponsored by organizations including the American Cancer Society, the Northern California Cancer Center and Stanford University, the UCLA Ted Mann Cancer Center, Tulane University School of Medicine and Cancer Center, the Tavis Smiley Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley , and the University of California San Francisco.
Hope grew up in the St. Louis, Missouri suburbs of Clayton and Richmond Heights and graduated from Washington University with a degree in philosophy after studying aesthetics, linguistics, literature, and anthropology. Intrigued by the German poet and writer Rainer Maria Rilke's words, "Learn to love the questions themselves" and "Ask yourself in the still hours of the night: Must I write?" Hope embarked on a career of writing and producing to plumb life's questions and themes and enlist the help of a greater community to provide the answers.
After stints as a general assignment reporter, news anchor, and medical correspondent, Hope became a staff producer at the NBC television affiliate in Portland, Oregon, making documentaries that aired mostly on weeknights, pre-empting Prime Time shows. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1993 and became an independent writer, producer, and media and public affairs consultant, later returning to journalism as a newspaper editor, commentator, and columnist. She taught documentary production in San Francisco at the nation's most advanced non-commercial media access and training center, Bay Area Video Coalition, for more than a decade, chaired her temple's social action committee for three years, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards.
Currently, she freelances as an editor, writer, and columnist, and is working on another book. She also consults to authors, producers, nonprofit organizations, and socially responsible companies.
A member of the executive board of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, she also volunteers on the California steering committee of The Lung Cancer Alliance and the honorary board of The Cancer League.
Hope's mission in all of her work, including her writing, speaking, and public outreach, is to reflect the wisdom of others as well as share her own insights. As Edith Wharton wrote, "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
Rainer Maria Rilke, Anne Lamott, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jorge Luis Borges
Ten Speed Press/Celestial Arts, an imprint of Crown Publishing/Random House
The Beverly Fund
The Lung Cancer Alliance
Women's Cancer Resource Center
The National Lung Cancer Partnership
The Bonnie Addario...
© 2014 Red Room Omnimedia Corporation. All rights reserved.