Ann Ogden comes from an Anglo-Italian family of avid eaters. She has been in love with cooking since she was 12. In 2001, Ann was diagnosed with kidney cancer and had her right kidney removed. In 2005, she learned that she had (unrelated) breast cancer. Having recovered from major surgery and then, less than four years later, undergoing more surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation, Ann has deep personal understanding of what it means to receive a cancer diagnosis and go through the rigors of treatment. After her two bouts with cancer, Ann decided to combine her experience with cancer and her love of cooking and founded Cook for Your Life, which began as “cooking 101” classes for cancer patients in and around New York City. She wanted to do something positive for others who, like her, have had to endure the suffering and loneliness of cancer. Ann, you inspire us!