Danielle Ripley-Burgess is a two-time colon cancer survivor and began working as the Director of Communications for Fight Colorectal Cancer in 2013. She was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer a few weeks after her 17th birthday in 2001 and again with stage I colon cancer at age 25 in 2009.
Through over a decade of survivorship she’s gotten involved in the colorectal cancer community to inspire others in the fight. Danielle directs all of our online and print communications platforms including the website, social media, print publications and emails. She oversees all branding, promotion and publicity for Fight Colorectal Cancer as well as social campaigns and collaborations like #StrongArmSelfie – a campaign that reached over 58 million people in spring 2015. She leads the communications team and develops strategies that don’t only reach the survivor community, but also resonate with them.
Danielle serves as a mentor to public relations students from her alma mater, University of Central Missouri (UCM), through internship and service learning programs. In 2015, she led a collaboration between UCM students and Fight CRC that resulted in a PRISM award from the Greater Kansas City Public Relations Society of America. As an ePatient, she spoke at the Mayo Clinic Social Media Health Network’s 2014 Social Media Week. She was featured as Miss October in the 2009 Colondar, a calendar of young colon cancer survivors by The Colon Club.
Prior to joining Fight CRC, Danielle served in numerous communications roles as both an employee and a consultant for a variety of organizations and industries including advertising and marketing agencies, faith-based nonprofits, corporate franchises and local businesses.
Her personal story has been told around the world through syndicated online and print newspaper articles, blogs and on numerous TV and radio shows including The Today Show, BBC’s ‘World Have Your Say’ and Sirius Radio’s Doctor Radio. She contributes to the Huffington Post blog, has written numerous articles about her cancer experience and is a published author in several Christian devotional books.
Danielle resides in the Kansas City area with her husband and daughter.