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. She is also a contributor to Reuters Health and Columbia University’s Voices in Bioethics. 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. Belisomo is currently pursuing doctoral studies in bioethics and health care policy at Loyola University-Chicago.
She can be heard frequently on Chicago’s airwaves, serving as a frequent guest on WGN Radio, Chicago Public Radio and Relevant Radio. She is a three-time Peter Lisagor Award winner in television news for best in-depth series, best feature and best sports story.
Belisomo serves on the boards of the Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition and Mental Health America-Illinois. She is a member of the Illinois Task Force for the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) and is chairperson of the Carlos Hernandez Award in Meritorious Journalism at DePaul University. She is a Respecting Choices First Steps certified advance care planning facilitator and instructor.
Having served as a caregiver, she knows end of life issues 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.