ZERO is excited to have Allsun Murtha on the team! She’s our new West Coast Chapter Coordinator who hails from Irvine, California and runs off iced coffee and cheese fries. Yum!
Here are five questions we asked Allsun so you can get to know her better.
We know you’re awesome – but tell our ZERO Community what you bring to the table.
I came to ZERO after working as a Life Enrichment Coordinator for an assisted living facility for end-stage Alzheimer’s and dementia residents. I work hard because I’m passionate about what I put my name to, and I’m proud to be following in my father’s footsteps by getting into the nonprofit world.
What’s your connection to prostate cancer?
My father was a throat cancer survivor and was always worried about being diagnosed with prostate cancer. When this position opened up I knew it was the right fit for me. I’ve known Vanessa Peterson, ZERO’s West Coast Chapter Director, since the early 2000’s because she did advocacy work with my Dad for the American Cancer Society. Watching my dad’s cancer struggle really pushed me to support PC patients/survivors and their families.
What will you be diving into first here at ZERO?
Right now, my focus is to support Vanessa and the West Coast Chapter while we navigate through working on our Run/Walk events. I’m also working on building relationships with our returning and new teams!
What fun things do you do outside of work?
When I’m not working, I’m chasing around my wild 3-year-old son, Clay. We spend our free time at Children’s Museums, at Newport Beach, or at the kitchen table working on a new craft project. I frequent Target way more than I should because it’s my son’s “favorite place” (plus I get the chance to stop for a coffee at Starbucks—that’s always a win!).
What’s the number one thing we should absolutely know about you?
One thing I would like for you to know about me is that I’m on the patient’s/survivor’s side 100%. I watched cancer almost take my father’s life and I watched it affect my family for years. I’ve been there and I know how hard it can be. In honor of my father, I intend to be a support system to anyone who needs it while they navigate this hard time.