Meet the team of specialists and parents behind Lionfighters.
Anisa Hoie, RN
Hematology/oncology nurse at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha
I’ve been a nurse for nearly 32 years, mostly taking care of kids with cancer. My job is to give the kids and their families a personal touch while they go through treatment. I usually don’t meet patients until after they are diagnosed, sometimes after surgery. After that, I spend a lot of time with families and get to know them pretty well. Aside from treatment, I get involved in fundraisers, graduations, and other milestones in patients’ lives after cancer. I’ve seen what it’s like to fight cancer, and it’s important to celebrate every win.
Jenni DeWitt, BSc(Psych)
Blogger and mom to Cooper, battling leukemia at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha
I’ve been a cancer mom since February of 2012 when my 2-year-old son, Cooper, was diagnosed with leukemia. Treatment has involved many months in the hospital, days at the Infusion Center, and sleepless nights at home. I am the author of Forty Days, a book about overcoming fear and anxiety in the midst of childhood cancer. I believe that developing relationships with other cancer parents can strengthen us for this journey, and I’m excited to connect with you here at Lionfighters. You can also find me anytime at my online community: Genuflected.com.
Jill Beck, MD
Hematology/oncology physician at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha
I’ve been an oncologist since 2010, and I always knew I wanted to work with children. I enjoy both taking care of sick kids in the hospital and getting to see kids in clinic when they’re feeling good. With oncology, you get continuity of care with families—so you care for children when they’re really sick and see them get better. I like that. Focusing on pediatric cancer in a children’s hospital means I get to work with an oncology team dedicated to taking care of children. We can offer them a host of support services. Because of the challenges they face, we owe them that.
Christy Hogan, CCLS
Child life specialist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha
When kids are comfortable in the medical environment, they respond better to the many caregivers they encounter in the hospital. If they can have a favorite toy and opportunity to play, then they’re more at ease. That’s my job as a child life specialist. I help kids cope with the fear and confusion of cancer by letting them do what they do best—play. My background is in child development, and I use this knowledge to connect and build trust with patients and families. I’ve been a child life specialist for more than 20 years. It’s like a calling. It’s demanding, but so rewarding.