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Parul is an award-winning patient leader and advocate for patient empowerment and cancer care. She shares her experiences as a BRCA1 carrier, cancer survivor, caregiver, and former genomics executive for organizations like President Biden's Cancer Moonshot, the American Cancer Society, the World Economic Forum, and Stanford Health Care, and on her blog, "New Job. New Baby. New Cancer.", which has been read across ~85 countries.


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Parul was named the 2020 Raising Hope Honoree for the American Cancer Society because she not only advocates for patients, caregivers, and survivors, but also inspires us all to live and lead with intention. I've seen Parul passionately share her experiences and insights at events for the World Economic Forum and planning sessions associated with President Biden's Cancer Moonshot at the White House, and greatly respect how she is creating meaning from her setbacks by inspiring and empowering others to thrive.

Karen Knudsen, MBA, PhD
American Cancer Society

Parul's voice has energized the community of cancer survivors and professional caregivers. Her very special blend of wisdom, insight and ingenuity, together with her dynamic presentation skills helped make our patient workshops about Mental Wellbeing a huge success. Parul led four programs that addressed the lived experience of cancer survivors and focused on mindsets, stress and the power of narrative and these were very well received by an international audience. Listening to Parul tell her story and share her wisdom is inspiring and instructive and reminds me that there is so much more that we can do to promote wellbeing for the growing community of cancer survivors.

Lidia Schapira, MD, FASCO
Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
Director Cancer Survivorship Program, Stanford Cancer Institute

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Parul brought a blend of authenticity and resonance to the Stanford opening keynote which so beautifully reflected our mission of "healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time." She spoke for, and to, our patients, families and our caregivers. Thank you for continuing to inspire our work.

Kaye Foster
Board Trustee
Stanford Health Care

Parul is an articulate, courageous, and giving professional, mother, and cancer survivor with the gift of expressing what she has learned in a way that inevitably helps others in a similar situation. She distills hard lessons into invigorating life directions. She is clear-eyed about the challenges, but positive about the directions needed to deal with them. She encourages and inspires.

David Spiegel, M.D.
Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Director of the Center on Stress and Health at Stanford University School of Medicine

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