Meet a CanCan Facilitator: Ilyse Wagner


The Rivkin Center’s CanCan Program

cancan-facilitatorThe Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer’s CanCan program provides free health education workshops across the west coast. CanCan facilitators share their cancer journey with CanCan party attendees and help educate women on ovarian and breast health.

Say hello to Ilyse Wagner, CanCan facilitator.


About Ilyse

Where are you from? Seattle, WA

Where do you live now and what does a typical day look like for you? Bellevue, WA. I work full time and have three teenage children at home so life’s pretty busy.

What do you do for fun? Hang out with friends, read, run

What is your favorite mantra? Assume best intentions

What is your favorite drink? Water

What advice would you give to your younger self? Don’t sweat the small stuff

What are you most proud of? Being able to balance work, a family, and time for myself

Where has been your favorite place to travel? Hawaii and Paris

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I love watching sports and keep score when I go to baseball games

Where do you go to find inspiration? Friends (actual friends, not the TV show)

Where’s your happy place? Stand Up Paddle boarding on Lake Sammamish

Who is your role model? My mom (of blessed memory)


How Ilyse got involved

Check-Your-BoobiesWhat inspired you to get involved with CanCan? CanCan inspired me to do self-exams, which led to my finding a lump which was diagnosed as breast cancer

What is your favorite memory from a CanCan party? I facilitated a party where everyone was constantly interrupting to ask questions or share experiences and I loved how engaged they were

How can people help support someone who is going through cancer? Don’t ask what they need, just jump in and offer to do something (bring a meal, give their kids a ride, go for a walk, etc.)

What is the most important thing you want attendees to learn at a CanCan party? No one knows your body like you do and you control your own health and healthcare

How many CanCan parties have you hosted or attended? A lot!

How many total attendees have you hosted? About 40 (I’ve hosted parties at Microsoft and for high school girls and their mothers)

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