We had the good fortune of connecting with Lorraine Tallman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lorraine, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
My Happy place is with every childhood cancer warrior that I make smile. Our sweet Amanda Hope heart was to make a difference in pediatric oncology. After four years of fighting leukemia and a brain tumor she created a bucket list to help other little warriors. Creating “Big hug” moments.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My mind never stops creating new ways to help the journey of childhood cancer. From Comfycozys for Chemo adaptive apparel, expressive art, or innovating new ways for children to get there port accessed -“Amanda Hope port stabilizer”. Our Mom mentoring program designed for our Latino families. My latest dream about to become a reality our mobil mindfulness and play therapy van. Access to care is heavy on my heart . I love taking the gap in healthcare and providing a free programs to empower our families to move forward together.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite is First Fridays when you can visit all the Museums for free and listen to the different music with every block you walk. I love Forno’s on McDowell and Central for pizza and wine. Saturday morning Hike South Mountain Park and stop at Snooze on Central on the way home. I’m always looking for events at Hance Park or a bike ride on the Arcadia canal path. Happy hour at Taco Guild or Steak 44 is a must. Depending on the time of year Coyotes, Suns, Arizona Diamond backs, or the Cardinals. Have a beer and enjoy a game. Hitting golf balls at our local “Encanto golf course” My latest challenge. Most of all spending time with the people you love.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to give a shout out to our amazing play therapist Casille Kristol. She creates our blog and little mindfulness videos for our childhood cancer warriors, teaching with puppets the coping skills necessary to thrive during years of treatments.
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorraine-tallman-832a1731/ or https://www.linkedin.com/company/amandahope