Sarah McDonald is one of the most inspiring people I know. This book captures what I had the opportunity to see in person when I was CEO of eBay—how her authenticity, positive mindset and true courage helped transform everyone around her.
John DonahoeCEO of Nike
This book is critical for those of us who have friends battling cancer, but also for those of us who have teammates who are fighting the same battle. Sarah gives us insight into how we can best show up for both.
Robby Swinnenexecutive mentor and coach, former Fortune 25 corporate officer
The Cancer Channel offers us a front passenger seat on the journey to fight cancer. Whether you are battling it yourself, know someone who is, or want to read an incredible story of raw and real resilience—this book is for you.
Kate BerardoVice President of Leader Development at Meta
Sarah’s book is a call to arms to physicians, patients, and to friends, family, and employers to be more reachable, to take ownership of their medical records and decision-making, and to be even more in-the-moment and listening. It’s a brave, honest, often humorous voice to the physical and emotional pain of incurable cancer, and the hope that, if we can silence its voice from time to time, we can focus on the positives and, with the help of a strong collective effort, survive if not thrive in its wake.
Sarah’s memoir not only captures her powerful journey, lessons learned, and tremendous fortitude, but it is a strong call to action for employers everywhere to take a hard look at how they can better support their employees struggling with life-threatening diseases. She is living proof that providing the time and space to fully heal leads to better outcomes for the employee and greater loyalty to the company.
Jennifer Brownfounder of Jennifer Brown Consulting, speaker, and author of Inclusion, How to be an Inclusive leader, and Beyond Diversity
This honest, and at times raw memoir brings the reader along on the journey to face their fears with grace, passion, and humor. Each enlightening and inspiring lesson is an excellent reminder of specifically how to support a friend in need.
Kristin Yettoformer Chief People Officer at eBay, Inc.
Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful, this is a wonderful story of perseverance amidst an improbable battle with not one but two cancers. Sarah brings this to life in a witty and engaging way that gives you real insight into what it is really like to go toe-to-toe with this terrible disease—and come out on the other side.
Rob FauberPresident & Chief Executive Officer at Moody’s Corporation
I laughed. I cried. I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t put the book down. Sarah’s humanity and humor kept me talking about her story long after I put the book down.
Amy Normanfounder and CEO of Little Passports
This is the book you hope you or a loved one will never need to read. The Cancer Channel is Sarah’s personal and unvarnished experience with the belief that cancer becomes less scary when we can talk openly about it. With humility and humor, she brilliantly shares her personal struggle to help bring hope and courage to anyone in their fight against cancer.
Eric Ryanco-founder of method and OLLY
Sarah has a special way of pulling you into her personal triumph over cancer(s) through very honest, emotional, and engaging storytelling.
Michael JonesCEO of Spoonflower
Not only does Sarah delve into the unknowns of a rare cancer diagnosis, but her journey resonates with every person impacted by cancer. It’s a story about the fragility of life, human resilience, and the power of turning gratitude into action. We are grateful to Sarah reminding us that ‘extraordinary moments do happen on ordinary days.’
Pascale Reichpresident of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Organization International (ACCOI)
Battling two cancers while trying to get pregnant for the first time, Sarah takes us through her journey with a positive perspective. Her heart, humor, and humanity shine through in this book which is a must read for anyone navigating cancer care.
Chris Tsakalakiformer president of StubHub
This book is a window into the mind of a 40-year-old woman fighting two cancers simultaneously, while handling the pressures of a career and marriage. Not only does it include the elements of fear, bravery, and triumph you’d expect from a book like this, but it’s also filled with a metrics-based process and humor that are unexpected and will make you laugh out loud.
Rob Chesnutformer general counsel at Airbnb and author of the bestselling book Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead An Ethical Revolution
Many people and families, including ours, have faced the intense fear and sadness of cancer. And, as Sarah so eloquently and authentically shares, there can also be humor and hope in the midst of the pain and adversity.
Mike Robbinsauthor of Bring Your Whole Self to Work
Sarah’s survival story through more than one cancer and infertility is an incredible journey that will leave the reader feeling inspired and hopeful. Consider gifting this book to loved ones seeking encouragement, direct talk, and humor.
Lora Shahine, MDreproductive endocrinologist at Pacific NW Fertility; Author of best-selling Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss; Host of Baby or Bust podcast
Visceral, hilarious, devastating, and hopeful, Sarah McDonald has opened an intimate window to the lived experience of cancer and survivorship. I’d recommend this read to anyone in health care to remember why we do the work. I am a better clinician for it.
Lyra B. Olson, PhDDoctor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
I highly recommend this book for patients, caregivers, and their family and friends. Sarah provides an intimate and honest view of her cancer journey, while at the same time providing hope that better days lay ahead for anyone facing a health challenge.