If you’re familiar with the work that Wellness House does, that probably means your life has been affected by cancer-either your own health crisis or a loved one’s. The latter was the case for Downers Grove resident Lisa Kolavennu, whose father had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma about 12 years ago. As it happens, Kolavennu had just started working as director of programs for Wellness House, so she was well aware of what the organization had to offer.
“My mom attended some of the programs, and that really helped shape my passion for Wellness House, seeing it first-hand,” she said. “A year and a half ago, we lost my father, so I really know what it’s like to bring people through loss and grief.”