Author: Jennifer Merschdorf, YSC CEO

What You See Is What You Get

This spring I met with Cortés Saunders-Storno, Director of Alumni Relations at the University of San Francisco, where I earned my MBA in 2004. I hadn’t been on the campus of Lone Mountain since I graduated. It was a blast backward in time! My experience in USF’s...

Words of Wisdom

My first week as CEO of YSC, I received an email that I will never forget. It was from one of the co-founders of the organization, Joy Simha. I was only eight months out from diagnosis when I was appointed CEO of YSC and still actively in treatment. Joy had already...

It’s All In The Name

My first task in making my fantasy to do a three-day bike ride from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., a reality was to come up with a name for my YSC Tour de Pink team. As some people know, the elephant is a symbol I use for my own cancer. When I was diagnosed, an...

Turning Cancer Into Something Beautiful

As a breast cancer survivor, it’s hard to remember what it felt like to not think about breast cancer … or that being diagnosed at a young age was even possible. That stretch is even harder for me now that I’m YSC’s CEO. YSC recently created a formal partnership with...

In Living Pink

What does “In Living Pink” really mean? I think that’s a fair question. In a world where pink ribbons rule, what does it mean to “live pink”? I have a unique perspective on this and feel it’s important for me to express it. Since being diagnosed with breast cancer at...

Hitting the Five-Mile Mark

The first day I sat on the stationary bike at the gym I thought to myself, “Imagine how cool it would be if I could ride five miles on this thing.” And, I was serious … that would be so cool! So day after day, I went to the gym, and tried to hit that mark...

Speak Up and Make a Difference

What is an “advocate”? This word has a different meaning to everyone. I became familiar with the term at the national Sierra Club, where I worked for many years. I also learned the importance of using your voice and democratic right to hold your elected officials...

Dream Big

The only place I still feel young and “normal” is in my dreams. This is the best way I feel I can describe my experience with breast cancer as a young woman. Every morning as I wake up and remember that this has happened to me, I begin my fight against the...

But I Don’t Even Like Bikes

I don’t even like bikes. I never learned to respect them and always felt like they didn’t respect me. So why in the world would I decide to ride 200 miles from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. on a bike? Actually, my decision has nothing to do with bikes...
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