Maureen Lutz Hogan
Author & Founder of Necessities Bag™
For Maureen, writing is a personal retreat from the ups and downs of everyday life. She is the author of Chasing Cassatt (Pendulum Communications), The Christmas Umbrella (a novella) and several short stories. Writing was put on hold for a time when Maureen battled breast cancer in 2005. Afterward, she used her experience to form a non-profit organization in support of mastectomy patients. The Necessities Bag™ program provides information and post-surgical supplies free of charge to nearly one thousand women annually. Her effort to reach out to women who had survived breast cancer continued with her book, Diamonds in the Snow: Rescuing the Senses in the Aftermath of Breast Cancer, which discusses post-cancer challenges and the Woman to Woman Guide to Prepare for Mastectomy (included with the Necessities Bag given to patients after mastectomy surgery). Maureen has been keynote speaker at luncheons, community group gatherings, special events, hospital conferences and university workshops. In 2007, The View (ABC talk show) featured Maureen as one of the “Warriors of the Week” during a week-long recognition series honoring persons who made an extraordinary effort to help women battling breast cancer.