9/5/1944 – 10/22/2014
“Don’t fight city hall when you can BE city hall”
Linda Lawson Heming, a retired Oncology RN, passed away October 22, 2014. She was born on September 5, 1944 in Carbondale, IL. She was one of 3 children to Anne Lorraine Caviness & Thomas Logan Lawson. Survivors include her only child, Tami whom she loved dearly.
She had been a Practice Management Consultant for over 25 years administering many health care programs for Doctors and patients. She served on the boards of Child Crisis Nursery of Phoenix & West Valley, Hospice of Arizona, the Arizona Humane Society, Soroptimist International of Phoenix, as well as many business boards of directors. She owned and operated several successful businesses.
She worked from 1964 to 1974 as the acting administrator and patient manager on an oncology research team, in St. Louis, Missouri. There she worked with many doctors over the years administering protocols and leading patients through wellness programs. Her background in medicine helped consumers/patients reach their full potential in taking charge of their own healthcare journeys.
Her volunteer activities included working with the Phoenix Police Department’s Gang Prevention unit, Students Against Drunk Drivers, Black Mountain BMX, the LARK program to stem drugs and alcohol use among young adults, she devoted ten years with the Leukemia Society, and she ran numerous popular support blog groups for Hepatitis C, Lyme disease, detox and healing, and chronic illness. She was a National volunteer outreach team coordinator “against” GMO foods, and an active child advocate for children with Autism. She was a strong advocate in the community and was involved with many activists’ activities.
She was the Founder and President of C.H.O.I.C.E., Inc. (Consumers of Healthcare Options with Independence, Choice and Experience), an Arizona non-profit began in 2007 as a voice of patients and doctors to ensure a wide array of choices were available in medical care. As well as co-founding other non-profits as well, she was a longtime advocate for alternative medicine, a Lyme/Mold and five time Cancer survivor herself.
In 2010, she was awarded Arizona Integrative Woman of the Year by the Arizona Homeopathic & Integrative Medical Association.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Standing Stones Community Church in behalf of the Community Food Bank, 24820 N. 16th Ave., Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ. 85085
She will be missed in the community and by those who loved her. She was known as: