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Oregon State Publishes Final Campaign Report

posted May 4, 2016, 11:27 AM by Kristine Conner   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 6:16 AM ]

Ten years ago, in partnership with Kelsh Wilson Design, I had the great opportunity to develop creative messaging and print communications to help the Oregon State University Foundation launch “This Amazing Place. This Historic Moment. The Campaign for OSU.” The effort closed in 2014 after raising a historic $1.14 billion — making OSU one of only two organizations in the Pacific Northwest to achieve this milestone. To commemorate this success, the OSU Foundation invited us back to campus in 2015 to create a final campaign report that could serve as a “bookend” to the award-winning case statement. The goals were to help donors see the impact of their gifts, cultivate emerging major donors, and chronicle a historic time in the life of OSU while looking to the future. You can view the report here.

Two New Resources Launch During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

posted Oct 15, 2014, 2:02 PM by Kristine Conner   [ updated Oct 15, 2014, 2:05 PM ]

It's October--Breast Cancer Awareness Month--and I am pleased to announce that two new breast cancer resources I worked on were released in the past week. First is a massive rewrite of's section on breast reconstruction, a project taken on in partnership with the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans. I worked closely with my editor at and the lead surgeons there to develop this new resource for women weighing reconstruction options. I worked with another client, the Young Survival Coalition, on a new 42-page booklet for younger breast cancer survivors (diagnosed before age 35) who have passed the five-year mark after treatment. Beyond 5 Years: A Navigator for Long-Term Survivors presents an overview of the physical, financial, and emotional challenges that longer-term survivors can continue to face--challenges that are often unique to younger women. 

Many Great Clients This Summer . . .

posted Jul 15, 2014, 2:38 PM by Kristine Conner   [ updated Jul 16, 2014, 10:42 AM ]

I've been spending a great deal of time getting to know some really terrific universities this summer, including Lehigh, the University of Vermont, and the University of Delaware. I am working on development communications projects for all three. I've also been chatting with some brain surgeons--yes, brain surgeons--for a new communications piece for Penn Neurosurgery. These physicians and researchers are doing amazing work that deserves to be highlighted for a range of audiences: other health systems, patients, donors, community members. It's always nice to walk the campus of my alma mater, too. 

Yes, Cleveland Clinic is Amazing.

posted May 8, 2014, 7:54 AM by Kristine Conner   [ updated May 8, 2014, 7:58 AM ]

Anyone who knows anything about healthcare knows the name Cleveland Clinic. It is one of the most highly respected healthcare organizations in the world. I had the great thrill of seeing Cleveland Clinic in person during a research trip for a new project: development communications for a new Cancer Center building. I am thrilled to be able to support this noteworthy organization in their ongoing quest to improve care quality while always putting patients first.

New Project for Young Survival Coalition

posted Sep 16, 2013, 12:27 PM by Kristine Conner   [ updated Jul 15, 2014, 2:50 PM ]

This summer and fall, I've had the great opportunity to partner with the Young Survival Coalition on a new informational brochure for long-term breast cancer survivors (five-plus years). YSC is the nation's primary educational and networking organization for women diagnosed with breast cancer before age 35. The piece should be available before the end of the year.

2014 Update: Publication is expected sometime this summer!

Findings from 2012 Freelance Report

posted Oct 10, 2012, 8:08 AM by Kristine Conner

Love this:   2012 Freelancer Report Infographic (image)

Back to the Smithsonian, 20 Years Later

posted May 2, 2012, 7:29 AM by Kristine Conner   [ updated May 8, 2012, 11:38 AM ]

When I was an undergraduate, I did a summer internship in the communications office at the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum. This was no ordinary summer--it was the 20th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, so Air & Space was buzzing with events. But even more exciting for me was the great opportunity to travel the Smithsonian complex and attend educational events for interns and fellows. I realized what a great national treasure the Smithsonian is! So now, more than 20 years later, I am thrilled to be assisting Steege Thomson Communications with their development communications work for the Smithsonian Institution. Read more about this project.

Taking Stock of Summer 2011

posted Sep 16, 2011, 7:00 AM by Kristine Conner   [ updated Sep 24, 2011, 4:14 AM ]

Things never seem to slow down in the summer work-wise, do they? Before heading into the fall season, I wanted to take stock of what I worked on during the summer of 2011. So, here goes:
  • I finished the first complete draft (62 pages) of a new section on Lymphedema for
  • I wrote and edited Crozer-Keystone Health System's Annual Report on Quality, which serves as their flagship report to the community, staff, and Board. 
  • I researched and wrote the third issue of "Inside Delaware," a new development publication put out by the University of Delaware.
  • I wrote articles on nursing excellence and therapeutic hypothermia for The Chester County Hospital.
  • I started working on the next issue of "Riddle Matters" magazine for the Riddle HealthCare Foundation.
Looking forward to a busy fall!

Learning about Lymphedema

posted Jun 8, 2011, 7:28 AM by Kristine Conner

For the past six months, I have been researching and writing about a condition known as lymphedema, the swelling of the limb or trunk that affects a significant portion of women in the years after breast cancer treatment. I had the great opportunity to interview leading experts at the University of Pennsylvania, the Mayo Clinic, and the National Naval Medical Center for this assignment. I just completed the first draft, which will undergo revisions throughout the course of the summer and likely go live by the fall. 

Returning to My Roots: Cancer Education

posted Sep 8, 2010, 12:54 PM by Kristine Conner   [ updated Sep 8, 2010, 1:07 PM ]

I started my freelance career about 12 years ago by writing educational content for a then-brand-spankin'-new National Cancer Institute website on clinical trials called cancerTrials. (Echoes of that original content can still be found at So whenever I get an assignment that involves writing content for people  with cancer, I feel as if I am returning to my roots. It's the kind of work I have always loved. Over the next few months, I will be partnering with past client to rethink and revise some of the site's existing content, as well as write some new sections. I am thrilled to be working with them again. On a related note, I just found out that a booklet I wrote for Living Beyond Breast Cancer in early 2010, LBBC's Guide to Understanding Treatment Decisions, was recently published in Spanish. It's nice to think that even more women and their loved ones are benefiting from this resource. 

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