Ana Gordon Bio

Ana Gordon, AM, LCSW, OSW-C is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Oncology Social Worker.  She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago, and continues to live and work in Chicago at the University of IL Hospital as Supervisor of Psychosocial Oncology Programs.  In her clinical work Ana provides biopsychosocial assessment and navigation support to both survivors and their caregivers, and mental health interventions to improve the ability to cope with cancer.  Ana specializes in working with AYA survivors struggling with delayed identity development and Oncofertility concerns, and is also a trained Meaning Centered Psychotherapist for survivors with advanced stage cancers.  As her center’s Bone Marrow Transplant Social Worker, she is actively involved in researching the impact of social determinants of health on overall survival rates in low-income survivors of color.

Ana Gordon

Jenna Benn Shersher Bio

Jenna Benn Shersher is a 41-year-old cancer survivor, civil rights advocate, world traveler, and tiny twister who dreams big. In December 2010, Jenna was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Grey Zone Lymphoma, which at the time, affected fewer than 200 people.


Instead of surrendering to cancer, she was determined to find meaning in her suffering. In the course of her fight, Jenna figured out creative ways to leverage social media to process her experience, and in turn create a community that became invested in her fight. Within a year, Jenna battled cancer and founded the nonprofit organization, Twist Out Cancer.


Today, Jenna is the CEO of Twist Out Cancer, which is an international non-profit charitable organization that provides psychosocial support to individuals touched by cancer through creative arts programming. The organization was founded on the principle that when you share, the world opens up. What started in 2012 as a small art exhibition in Chicago for 20 Inspirations and Artists has now become an international program that has touched over 146,000 people around the world.


Jenna’s story was selected as a top ten best read by Mashable and has been featured in Forbes, CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Lancet Haematology, and the Wall Street Journal. Jenna is a mentor angel with Imerman Angels, and was an Honored Hero and advocate for Team in Training and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She was recognized as a Health Hero by Philadelphia Magazine and a Social Innovations finalist in entrepreneurship by the Social Innovations Journal. She is an ROI fellow with the Schusterman Foundation and serves on the board of the Anti-Defamation League.


Jenna received her Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and her Masters in Social Enterprise and Administration from Columbia University. She resides in Bryn Mawr, Pa. with her husband Dr. David Shersher and their daughters Noa Pearl and Lilou Ruth, who are both miracles.


More information on Twist Out Cancer is available at



Brushes with Cancer Midwest Info Session

We are hosting a virtual Brushes with Cancer Midwest information session!

February 9, 2022
11:30 a.m. CST

All potential Artists and Inspirations are invited to learn more about the Brushes with Cancer experience, program expectations and receive answers to any questions. Hear from a Brushes with Cancer Artist Joelle Bilow and Inspiration Abby Match on their experiences!

Please share the event with anyone you think would benefit from the Brushes with Cancer program. 

This event is free to attend and open to the public.

“The Remembering”

Join Twist Out Cancer and Dreame for a meaningful virtual program focused on collective grief, remembrance and honoring those that we have lost.

The program will be led by

Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder and CEO of Twist Out Cancer

Sharonna Karni Cohen, Founder and CEO of Dreame

Ethan Zohn,Philanthropist

Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Founder of Mishkan

Jacqueline Carmody, Licensed Clinical Art Therapist and Director of Twistshops at Twist Out Cancer.

This program has been generously funded by the Schusterman Foundation.

RSVP is required.

Suggested Materials Include:

  • A glass or plastic container- example: old fish tank/ vase
  • Rocks, if you choose.
  • Moss, if you choose.
  • Soil (growing medium)
  • Plants that won’t overgrow (generally miniature or dwarf plants)
  • Spoon for placing soil.
  • Long tweezers for putting materials into vessels.