When Unite for HER founder Sue Weldon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, she began searching for information on therapies that would complement the medical treatments she was receiving. What she discovered was a lack of easily accessible resources on topics like nutrition, acupuncture, massage, yoga, counseling and other ways for breast cancer patients to enhance their wellness and care for their emotional, spiritual, and physical needs.
Since its establishment as a nonprofit organization in 2009, Unite for HER’s cornerstone has been to bridge that gap for breast cancer patients, focusing on wellness initiatives that will positively impact their health, as well as the health of all women and girls.
Integrity • Commitment • Trust • Communication • Empowerment • Teamwork • Compassion
Our mission is to bridge the gap between the medical and wellness communities by funding and delivering complementary therapies that support the physical and emotional needs of those with breast cancer during treatment and beyond. We educate our women and the community about the role of healthy lifestyle choices in the prevention of disease and the promotion of wellness.
Sue is responsible for supporting the accounting needs of the organization. As a friend of Sue’s through her journey with breast cancer, she is thrilled to be involved with Unite for HER in helping so many women struggling with the disease. Sue has a bachelor degree in Mathematics from Millersville University and lives in West Chester with her husband and three children.
Vail is responsible for creating and carrying out Unite for HER’s development initiatives to support mission activity and outreach throughout the Philadelphia area. She is responsible for developing and sustaining donor relations, sponsorship solicitation, and assisting staff with special events. Vail is a graduate of The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lynchburg College. Vail currently lives in Gladwyne with her family.
Joining Unite for HER in July 2014, Gail is responsible for providing administrative and execution support for UFH’s outreach programs. She manages the Wellness Day program and the network of professionals that provide therapy services. Prior to this, she spent 25 years in various business development and management positions in the chemical industry. Gail received a B.S. in Engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from Villanova University. She resides with her husband and two daughters in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Maia works on a variety of initiatives in the areas of strategy, finance, development, and operations, with a goal of maximizing Unite for HER’s reach and impact. She works closely with many members of the Unite for HER team, including staff, directors, volunteers, and donors. Maia came to Unite for HER five years ago as a volunteer grant writer with background in the law, event and volunteer leadership, and extensive nonprofit board experience. She served on the Unite for HER Board of Directors, including as the Chair, before being hired as staff in the fall of 2016. Maia also is an avid photographer, and is often the one behind the camera at our special events! Maia has a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a B.A. from Yale University. She lives in West Chester with her husband, Chris, their three children, two dogs, two rabbits, eight chickens, and revolving door of foster kittens.
When Sue’s treatments were finished, she was told that she was cancer-free. Despite this wonderful news, she hardly recognized the woman she saw in the mirror, a shell of her former vibrant self. Determined to regain some control of her health, Sue discovered that an abundance of research had shown that integrating complementary therapy with mainstream medicine could significantly improve patient well-being during treatment and beyond. She began incorporating acupuncture, massage, yoga, exercise, and nutrition into her recovery plan, and experienced significant reduction in pain, an increase in her energy, and improvement in her overall wellness. She learned that the astounding benefits of complementary therapies are widely accepted within the medical community, but since the treatments generally are not covered by insurance, most patients do not have access to or even know about them. Sue recognized that very few breast cancer patients in active treatment and/or recovery have both the time and the energy to do the research and the financial means to commit to the treatments.
Fueled by the powerful impact that complementary therapies had on her, in 2009, Sue founded Unite for HER (Helping to Empower and Restore) to bridge this gap between the medical and wellness communities and bring complementary therapies to all breast cancer patients, regardless of income. In just over eight years, what started as a small program at Paoli Hospital, has grown to a partnership with 22 hospitals that has served more than 3,500 breast cancer patients in the Philadelphia region. Sue is a respected leader in the community and an effective proponent of integrating traditional and holistic modalities to provide a comprehensive plan to treat the whole woman.
Sue has received numerous awards for her impact on the breast cancer community. She was awarded the “Norma E. Ciccarone Award of Hope” by ‘Cuddle My Kids’ in 2011, was named a Top 23 Power Women Local Game Changers by Main Line Today in 2013, as well as one of the Top 20 Philanthropists Who Care in Main Line Today, April 2016. Last November, she had the honor of being named the 2016 Health Hero by Philadelphia magazine for her work as a wellness advocate, and also received the 2016 award for “Community Breast Cancer Foundation of the Year” from Breast Cancer Wellness magazine.
Sue is a guest speaker at various events throughout the area, inspiring both men and women with her compelling survivorship story and healthy lifestyle tips. Prior to founding UFH, Sue spent 25 years as a coach at AJS Pancott Gymnastics National Training Center, and has served as a Junior Olympic National Team coach. She is a graduate of West Chester University with a degree in Communication which she used in her career in advertising sales for 10 years. Sue and her husband Chip have three children and reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Board of Directors
Karin leads Vanguard’s Retail Investor Group, the company’s largest division, serving more than seven million investors. Since joining Vanguard in 1997, she has held various leadership roles within the company’s Corporate, Institutional, and Retail divisions, including Vanguard Personal Advisor Services®. Prior to joining Vanguard, Karin was an investor relations analyst with Sunoco, Inc. She holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Villanova University. Karin is a breast cancer survivor and an active advocate for compassionate care, treatment, and support of those affected by the disease. Karin and her husband, Sean, live in Malvern with their two children.
Amy holds a B.S. Degree from Villanova University and an M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. Amy is a breast cancer survivor and an advocate for those affected by this disease. Amy and her husband Frank live in Glen Mills with their twins, Abby & Matthew.
Parker has spent the last 30 years in the software industry working in sales management and executive positions . He is a graduate of Lehigh University where he received a B.S. in Marketing. He and his family have been volunteers and supporters of Unite for HER from its beginning. Parker and his wife, Mary, live in West Chester, PA and have 3 children.
Doug is Vice President – State Government Relations for Verizon, serving a 15-state region which includes Pennsylvania. He and his team are Verizon’s ambassadors to the thousands of communities that are served by the company. His team is also the liaison with government agencies and entities that may have a business or philanthropy relationship with the corporation. Doug joined Verizon after graduating with a BS in Engineering from Drexel University and holds an Executive MBA certificate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has additional training from Harvard Law School as well as the Brookings Institute, in Washington, D.C. Doug is a member of multiple boards and resides in Westtown, Pennsylvania.
Chip has spent much of his career designing and building Internet services for Financial Institutions. He is the Vice President, Digital Channel Management at T. Rowe Price in Baltimore, Maryland. Chip has a degree in Education from West Chester University. He has volunteered at the Pink Invitational meets and assisted in the development of the Pink and Unite for HER websites. Chip and his wife Sue reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania and have three children.