Randi Belisomo is the co-founder of Life Matters Media. She is an accomplished multimedia journalist, currently serving as a general assignment reporter at WGN-TV in Chicago and as a contributor to Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ 91.5 FM. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She is an Emmy Nominee and a 2012 Peter Lisagor Award winner for best in-depth series.
She currently serves on the boards of the Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition, the Chicago Headline Club, the Association of Women Journalists-Chicago, the Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area and the Chicago Op-ed Project. She is a Chairperson of the Carlos Hernandez Award in Meritorious Journalism at DePaul University and a member of the Illinois Task Force for the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST).
Randi is also a volunteer with Horizon Hospice.
Having served as a caregiver, she knows end of life issues truly do affect everyone at some point, and she hopes that through Life Matters Media, the inevitable challenges with which life presents and often surprises us will be made a little easier for its audience. It is her aim to translate the experiences she has had and a need she saw into a viable service to others who face the same struggles.
Mary F. Mulcahy, MD is the co-founder of Life Matters Media. She is a practicing medical oncologist with more than ten years experience in caring for patients and families with terminal illness. She is a sought-after speaker providing education to medical providers, advocacy groups and patients. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hematology Oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of California San Diego, completed her residency at Boston University and her fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She has expertise in the treatment of pancreatic biliary, esophageal and liver cancers. She is experienced in liver directed therapy for primary and metastatic liver tumors.
She is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Can’t Stomach Cancer. She serves on the Illinois Task Force for the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) and on the board of the Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition.
Her proudest moments come as she sees terminal patients take control of their lives- in the form of preparing a will, planning for children, identifying their legacy or communicating advanced directives. The ability to facilitate a frank discussion to bring peace to a patient is a skill she has and hopes to one day master.