Speaking

Have Marlys Speak at Your Event

A cancer widow, author and motivational speaker, Marlys Johnson is available to speak at your next event. Inspired by the journey she navigated with her husband, Marlys outlines how she and Gary continued to write their love story and turned loss into triumph after a diagnosis of incurable cancer.



What you can expect from me

  Prompt responses to your email and phone calls

  A pre-event phone call to clarify what you expect of me

  A blurb about your event on my blog (if the event is open to the public)

  A professional presentation designed to fit your needs, including a “call to action” hand-out, as appropriate

  Post-event communication for any feedback you might have to offer


A little about my experience

A member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA), I have more than 8 years speaking experience and have been interviewed for local and national radio, TV, podcast, magazine and newsprint.

My blog site is updated frequently and I’m currently a contributing writer for five national and international web organizations. I’ve also authored a book, Cancer Adventures: Turning Loss into Triumph, a collection of short stories of cancer survivors and caregivers who found purpose and a way to give back.

Widowed now for 18 months, I have four adult children – two that were born to us; two who married into our family – and six grandchildren, three of whom were adopted from Uganda. I make my home in Bend, Oregon, and spend as much time as possible hiking, snow-shoeing, canoeing and reading — preferably outdoors along the river.


Most-requested topics

LIVING WELL WITH CANCER AND OTHER NOT-SO-FUN STUFF
THE INS AND OUTS OF CAREGIVING
WHAT I WISH I’D KNOWN ABOUT HOSPICE CARE
REBUILDING A LIFE AFTER LOSS

Previous speaking venues

I have presented to a variety of audiences at university cancer centers, to nursing and college students, and to the healthcare professionals. Here is a sampling of previous speaking venues:

 National Cancer Institute – Bethesda, MD

 California Nursing Students Association State Convention – Ontario, CA

 Jackson Hole Rotary Supper Club – Jackson, WY

 Princeton Alliance Church – Princeton, NJ

 The Stupid Cancer Show – New York, NY

 “People Living Through Cancer” Conference – Albuquerque, NM

 Univ of WA Fred Hutchison Cancer Center – Seattle, WA

 Upper Vermont “Man to Man” event – Montpelier, VT

 University of Arizona Cancer Center – Tucson, AZ

 America Cancer Society Survivor Luncheon – Beaverton, OR

 University of South Florida Moffitt Cancer Center – Tampa, FL


Inquire about a speaking engagement

If you’d like to know more about having me speak at your event or want to check my availability, please contact me though the email form on this page. Thank you.

CHECK MY AVAILABILITY

Please feel free to contact me to inquire about availability or to ask me a general question.

Endorsements
“… presented important information in an easy to understand, fun way. Our participants were both laughing and crying at times.”
Peggy RiosCancer Support CommunityMiami, FL