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Our Story

Cook For Your LIFE began in 2007, when founder Ann Ogden Gaffney took a break from a successful fashion career to focus on the treatment of her second cancer diagnosis. Thrown deep into the world of hospitals and cancer, she became aware of the disconnect between getting information on healthy eating and nutritional meals during cancer treatment and the practical skills needed to get them on the table.Growing up in a family of chefs and bakers, Ann was easily able to adapt recipes to help her cope with the treatment side effects and ate well, even on her worst days. However, many of her fellow cancer patients in the chemo suite lacked Ann’s culinary skills and knowledge, and found it overwhelming trying to cope with these difficulties in the kitchen.To help, Ann started sharing her cooking tips and advice with them, which eventually led to her first free hands-on cooking class. Since then, Cook For Your LIFE has grown to become an important free resource to both cancer patients and nutritionists—teaching cancer patients how to cook their way to healthy survivorship and enabling nutritionists to offer their cancer patients much more than a just a draconian list of foods to eat.
Our subscription-free website is filled with cooking videos, a Touched by Cancer blog, and over 1,000 recipes that teach cancer patients how to create healthy and delicious meals at home—at their own time and pace. Recipes and videos are easily searchable and organized by topic specific to the stage of treatment, dietary needs, or simply how patients feel at any given moment.
The Cook For Your LIFE website reaches over 250,000 people touched by cancer worldwide each month and was recently named to the Feedspot Top 200Health Blog list.

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About Ann

I'm a two-time cancer survivor. I also love to cook and eat. After my second cancer diagnosis, immersed in the world of hospitals and cancer treatment, I began to see how much my cooking skills helped me to cope with treatment side effects.
I could adjust to taste changes and adapt my food to how I was feeling at any given moment, but many of my fellow cancer patients could not. One day, listening to a friend at my cancer support group describe her problems with how her food tasted. I realized that the hospital staff could tell her what to do to alleviate her symptoms, but they couldn’t tell her how to do so. That’s when I knew I could help.

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Our Programs


Cook For Your LIFE Website - www.cookforyourlfie.org

Our subscription-free website, filled with cooking videos and over 1,000 recipes, teach cancer patients how to create healthy and delicious meals at home. Everything is easily searchable and organized by topic specific to the stage of treatment, dietary needs, or simply how patients feel.

Slideshows & Cooking Demos

Our slideshow presentations and cooking demonstrations teach medical professionals how to help their patients prepare healthy, nutritional meals in a way that is both simple and enjoyable, no matter what stage of their treatment.

Cook For Your Life / Cocinar Para Su Salud

Taught in English and Spanish, this culturally-tailored program helps hundreds of underserved cancer survivors become more knowledgeable about sustainable healthy food options. It is part of our ongoing collaboration with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health to research the dietary behaviors of cancer survivors.

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Our Wonderful Staff

Ann Ogden Gaffney

Founder & President

Ann Ogden Gaffney

Founder & President

Click here to read more about Ann and why she started Cook For Your LIFE

Letwine Mavima

Office Administrator

Letwine Mavima

Office Administrator

Letwine was born in Zimbabwe, but grew up in Michigan. She fell in love with the idea of Brooklyn at age 11 and found her way to New York after graduating from Grand Valley State University, with a bachelor of science degree in communications. At Cook For Your Life, she is Ann’s “go-to” person, responsible for arranging and coordinating meetings, handling internal and external correspondence, and managing the intern staff. Letwine has a passion for helping underserved communities and for immigrant and civil rights. She has a deep fondness for African food, travel and chocolate.
Contact: letwine@cfyl.org

Elaine Guinan

Online Editor

Elaine Guinan

Online Editor

Elaine has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Trinity College Dublin in her native Ireland. After working as a clinical dietitian in the United Kingdom, an interest in nutrition communications and public health led to her to New York, where she joined Cook For Your Life as online assistant editor. Elaine edits our Touched by Cancer blog and writes weekly articles on topical nutrition issues. She also coordinates our Twitter communications. Elaine reviews new content for scientific accuracy, and checks recipes for nutritional composition and treatment-specific needs. She believes in evidence-based nutrition and in helping underserved communities to increase access to healthy foods and nutrition education.
Contact: elaine@cfyl.org

Carolina Leon

Website and Nutrition Intern

Carolina Leon

Website and Nutrition Intern

Carolina helps to maintain and update the content, cooking videos, and blog posts for the Cook For Your Life website. She also interns at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital as a food and nutrition associate, which helps her gain insight on creating diets specific to individual patients’ needs. Carolina is working towards a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food science at Hunter College, and has an associate’s degree in math and science. She hails from the Hudson Valley and enjoys hiking, exotic cooking, and volunteering for charitable organizations, especially those combating hunger in developing nations.
Contact: carolina@cfyl.org

Victoria Silverio

Videographer

Victoria Silverio

Videographer

Victoria was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States when she was 11 years old. It was during college at Rutgers University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish, that she discovered her passion for visual storytelling and started creating her own videos. She is responsible for the videography, directing, editing, transcribing, and voice-over dubbing for Cook For Your Life’s cooking videos, special events, and cooking demonstrations. She has produced visual content for companies including Emporia Entertainment, Turitmo.com, Kesta Happening DC, and the Brick City Bhangra dance team of Newark, NJ.
Contact: victoria@cfyl.org

Linda Orlick

Director of Marketing & Communications

Linda Orlick

Director of Marketing & Communications

Linda brings over 35 years of experience in planning and executing innovative marketing, public relations, social media and branding campaigns and special events. Prior to joining Cook for Your LIFE, she was an independent brand strategist and consultant, serving a diverse range of businesses and non-profit organizations. She was the founder and president of a public relations and event management agency specializing in jewelry and luxury brands, and the co-founder of the Women’s Jewelry Association, which now has over 1,500 members worldwide. Compassionate and caring to those in need, she is a long-time volunteer with God’s Love We Deliver and was on the founding board of Gilda’s Club Worldwide.
Contact: linda@cfyl.org.

Annette Mia Flores

Social Media Director

Annette Mia Flores

Social Media Director

Annette Mia is the point of contact for all things Instagram and Pinterest related at Cook For Your Life and Cook For Your Life Español. Coming to NYC after graduating from Texas State University with a bachelor of fine arts degree, she founded a non-profit production company that produces viral videos, short films, and TV pilots. She has overseen the social media content for NYC restaurants and food-based companies and was the project manager for the app LiveDish. She is very involved in the local food scene, incorporating her filmmaking and marketing skills to create a community of food lovers.
Contact: annette@cfyl.org

Chelsea Fisher

Recipe and Food Editor

Chelsea Fisher

Recipe and Food Editor

Chelsea joined Cook For Your Life in 2011 as the Director of Marketing and Website. Although she is now studying to be a nurse practitioner at CUNY, Chelsea is still involved with the organization as the Recipe and Food Editor, and oversees all recipe content for our website blog and online videos. Originally from Boulder, CO, Chelsea earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The New School, specializing in non-fiction writing and food studies. She was also the co-founder and CEO of Iko Ino, a NYC-based brand development and marketing firm.
Contact: chelsea@cfyl.org

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