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Karen Morrison, Gilda's Club

Karen Morris is president and CEO of Gilda’s Club Louisville, an organization that provides social and emotional support for people living with cancer and their families. Morrison strives to comfort other families living with the challenges she and her family have faced.

On Mother's Day 2002, Morrison's five year-old daughter was diagnosed with very severe aplastic anemia, a rare bone marrow failure disease sometimes called a blood cancer.

At that time Morrison knew the vicious cycle of cancer all too well. Her mother died at age 45 of ovarian cancer and her older sister is a 20 year breast cancer survivor. Eighteen months prior to hearing Kinsey’s diagnosis, Morrison confronted the disease, too.

In 2000, after family research, she discovered she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation, which puts carriers at very high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. So at age 38, she decided to have a bilateral mastectomy and hysterectomy.

Today Kinsey is in remission and dedicates much of her time to volunteer work to help cancer patients and their families.

Morrison, who was born and raised in Louisville, has had a 20+ year career in non-profits, including 17 years with the American Red Cross and three years with the American Cancer Society.

In addition to her career, Morrison holds a number of volunteer positions. She is a Girl Scout leader for two troops and serves as a Vice-President on the PTA’s of Harmony Elementary and North Oldham Middle School.

Watch this Season 2 Louisville Life segment on breast cancer survivorship, featuring Gilda's Club Louisville.

Program 302
Huber's Orchard & Winery, Westport Village restaurants, celebrity landscape artist Jon Carloftis, and the historical Scribner House in southern Indiana. Karen Morrison of Louisville's Gilda Club is our guest. (#302)