Above + Beyond Cancer Announces New Executive Director

Above + Beyond Cancer Executive Director Brad Anderson
Brad Anderson has been appointed Executive Director of Above + Beyond Cancer.

Today, Above + Beyond Cancer is proud to announce Brad Anderson as the organization’s new Executive Director.  Above + Beyond Cancer is an Iowa-based non-profit organization dedicated to elevating the lives of those touched by cancer through inspiring journeys to create a healthier world.

“We are incredibly pleased to announce Brad Anderson as our new Executive Director,” said Dr. Richard Deming, founder of Above + Beyond Cancer and Medical Director at Mercy Cancer Center.  “Brad’s enthusiasm, as well as his ability to lead organizations, communicate and raise awareness on important issues make him a perfect fit to join our tremendous group of volunteers and dedicated board members as we continue to grow.”

Patients, physicians and decades of research have confirmed that physical activity combined with determination plays an essential role in treating cancer.  Since 2011 Above + Beyond Cancer has served thousands of cancer survivors and caregivers through a variety of exercise, education and fellowship programs.  In addition, the organization has gained national attention for taking cancer survivors and caregivers on transformational journeys to destinations such as Mount Everest base camp, and most recently Machu Picchu, Peru in September 2014.

“I am truly grateful to Dr. Deming and the Above + Beyond Cancer board for giving me the opportunity to be a part of something this important and inspiring,” said Brad Anderson.  “I was very close to my grandmother who I lost rather suddenly to pancreatic cancer, and I know I am not alone.  Like many Iowans over the years I have been in awe of the cancer patients who have climbed mountains, and the survivors and family members who have traveled incredible distances with a prayer flag in their pocket in memory of a loved one.  Their journeys remind us all that cancer prevention and treatment must include strengthening the mind, body and spirit.  My goal as Executive Director of Above + Beyond Cancer is to expand our reach so we can further our mission of elevating the lives of those touched by cancer.”

Brad Anderson has worked on a variety of local, state and national campaigns and causes for more than a decade. 

In 2001 Anderson began working for Sen. Tom Harkin assisting with policy research and communications.  In 2002 Brad served as a senior member of Sen. Harkin’s re-election campaign communications team.

Brad joined Link Strategies in 2004, where he has advised campaigns and assisted local communities on referenda to create jobs, improve wellness, make communities safer, and improve conservation and water quality.

From 2007 through 2008 Anderson served as Communications Director for Iowa Governor Chet Culver.  In that time Governor Culver signed into law several landmark pieces of legislation – including laws to ban smoking, increase the minimum wage and expand pre-school.

During the 2012 election cycle, Anderson served as President Barack Obama’s Iowa State Director, and in 2014 he was the Democratic nominee for Iowa Secretary of State.

Brad and his wife Lisa, along with their children Alice and Will, live in Des Moines with their dog Gracie Carmel.  Lisa is a speech therapist, running her own small business, Small Talk Therapy. 

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