H is for HopeBook Inc: Providing Hope For Young Cancer Patients

HopeBook Inc, is a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young cancer patients. The video above gives an introduction to one of the organisation’s projects.

Below is another video. This comes from a TEDxUChicago talk given by Daniel Simkin and Ethan Wasserman. Here are excerpts from the official introduction to the video.


Daniel Simkin is the co-founder and co-director of HopeBook, Inc, a nonprofit organization dedicated to help cancer patients. He was born and raised in Venezuela.

In 1997 he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and the doctors’ prognosis revealed that Daniel would only live for two months.

He not only survived and lived past those two months, but he fought cancer for a year. He remembers that there were 23 other children in the Cancer Ward at that time who were also battling this horrible disease, of which he is one of only three survivors from that group.

Today he has been cancer free for 15 years. For Daniel, cancer has changed his entire viewpoint on life, and he really enjoys helping cancer patients.


Ethan Wasserman is a co-founder of HopeBook. His co-founder suffered from cancer and realized that even simple questions like, “Why is this happening to me?” are hard to answer.

HopeBook was started to provide these answers and stop patients from feeling alone.

This interactive diary is a collection of information, games, health facts and stories of people who overcame the same struggles and are alive and thriving today.

It provides a vision of a future to patients by sharing stories of many others who survived the same disease. It has created a network of friends who use their experiences to help current patients.

Ethan graduated Yeshiva University with degrees in Psychology and Political Science. He is currently a Presidential Fellow for the Sy Syms School of Business at YU.

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