Destination Hope is committed to promoting the art of PositiveLiving™ through humor, support and knowledge for individuals touched by cancer by offering unique and high-quality experiences.
Dawn believes that the lemons in life offer important messages and lessons. A born nurturer, she has deep understanding of the highs and lows of being a caregiver to loved ones. In addition to caring for family and friends, Dawn, has spent the last ten years as a hospital volunteer. In both settings, she witnessed time and again how faith and courage shift people’s hearts and their medical outcomes.
After many years as a small business owner, Dawn finally found her passion advocating for others and uses her skills, resources and stories to improve the well-being of others. Dawn studied Graphic Design and Art History at the University of Akron and obtained an Associate of Arts in Business Management.
Once you start talking to Dawn, it is easy to learn that her favorite four-letter word is HOPE!
Rita Abdallah, LISW-S, ACSW
Rita believes that a passionate and mindful life is defined by joy, humor and gratitude. Just as a fitness trainer helps clients prepare and get through personal challenges, Rita assists clients in responding proactively to change. She inspires individuals and groups on how to use the inner voice for maximum outer expression.
Rita Abdallah is a social worker, published author, researcher, speaker, consultant and community volunteer. She received a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Worker and an undergraduate degree from John Carroll University. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW-S) and member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW).
“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay
Betsy considers her life script to be helping others find purpose and awareness in their own stories. Cancer has been part of her experience as a survivor of breast cancer and melanoma. The careers and curveballs in her life have taught her that while work can really be work, just living can be real work as well. Betsy is passionate about communication issues surrounding a cancer diagnosis and helping others find new pathways to physical, mental and spiritual wellness.
To her, daily servings of humor, yoga and music are essential. Betsy has a Bachelor of Science from Miami University.
“Survivorship” should be more like “surTHRIVORship!”
Andrea Dracon, RN, OCN
Andrea believes that life is all about choices. Choose to be well in every way. Choose to be happy no matter what. Decide that each day will be good just because you are in it. Don’t let your circumstances dictate how you feel. Don’t let anyone steal your Joy!
Andrea is a dedicated RN with over 30 years of service to the Oncology community. She received her LPN at St Joseph School of Practical Nursing in Lorain, Ohio in 1980 and went on to get her RN from Lorain County Community College 7 years later. She obtained her Oncology Certified Nurse 2 years later in 1989 and has been certified ever since. Andrea believes that educating yourself to be your own best advocate is the key to a successful wellness journey.
Hope is the thing with feathers,
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune
Without the words,
And never stops at all.
Kelley does not listen to statistics or percentages but instead listens to her inner light! She is dedicated to teaching others tools to take care of themselves and helping people to manage the constant journey of healing. Kelley is a Survivor of a Chronic Auto-Immune Disease (C.I.D.P.) and currently receives treatment (IVIG) monthly. She passionately believes in determination and a positive attitude and does not let her disease define her!
Kelley graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Cincinnati.
She formerly owned a business for five years and currently co-runs an Interiors and Gardens Design Company.
“There is no ‘normal’ and those of us who understand that are truly blessed!”