Jo DeMars

Jo DeMars

Jo has been participating as a Survivor Artist and as a Survivor Artist Mentor every year since her diagnosis at 59. She has also served on the board of directors for WBCC and does all of this because she admires the advocacy work that WBCC does. “There is no other organization in Wisconsin that does this work, and the unrepresented need someone to speak for them.” She’s learned, through her journey, to take the good days with the bad, “accepting that there is a time and place for all things in this world.” Jo feels it’s time for a greater research focus on how to avoid cancer. That if we can accomplish that, then all the detection and all the treatment, and support could take a “back seat” to prevention. “I dream of a world in which my children and grandchildren know a cancer diagnosis is no more serious than appendicitis.”