Kommah McDowell, MSLM
An inspiring and proven leader, Kommah McDowell currently serves as a National Patient Speaker for City of Hope, a Comprehensive Cancer Research Institute in Duarte, CA. She also sits on the board for Breast Cancer Solutions, a local Orange County organization that provides financial assistance to breast cancer patients in treatment. She began her national speaking career after her diagnosis of Triple Negative Inflammatory Breast Cancer 15 years ago. Before stepping into the national spotlight, Kommah was Founder and Executive Director of Kommah Seray Inflammatory Breast Cancer Foundation (KSIBCF). KSIBCF was formed as a legacy project for Kommah due to the looming 95 percent mortality rate associated with her diagnosis. Fortunately, Kommah did not succumb to the mortality rate.
Through KSIBCF, Kommah and her team served thousands of families by providing financial relief to ensure the continuation of treatment and the stability of families. As a professional Patient Advocate and Navigator, she was a key contributor to several Breast Cancer Studies in conjunction with City of Hope’s Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education, Inland Empire Breast and Cervical Cancer Collaborative, National Institute of Health, California Breast Cancer Research Program, to name a few. She is consistently pushing the platform for patient-centered care, owning one’s voice and shattering fear through perseverance to ignite a cognitive paradigm shift toward possible impossibles.
Kommah is a dynamic public speaker, workshop facilitator, panelist contributor, and delivering conference keynotes addressing diverse subjects, including her mantra– achieving possible impossibles. She has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, National City of Hope Commercials, ForbesBooks Radio, Forbes Health Summit 2019, Oprah Magazine, Channel 2 News, Talk Radio, Rose Parade float mural and guest and other outlets. Kommah has also served as a panelist at other healthcare and leadership summits.
She holds a Master of Science in Leadership and Management from University of La Verne in La Verne, CA and is certified in Professional Advancement in Philanthropy from the Center of Philanthropy and Protecting Human Rights Participants for research from the National Institute of Health.
Kommah lives in San Diego County with her husband, Charles, and son (Christian). As a highly involved mother, Kommah has served as PTA President, Executive Vice President and Vice President of Ways and Means (fundraising) for her son’s school. Under her leadership and with an inspired team, fundraising efforts more than doubled each year and family membership reached 100 percent two of the three years of her tenure. Now, Kommah and Charles are the Pit Crew for C. McDowell Racing as their 10-year-old son ventures into the sport of Karting with the aspiration of becoming a Formula 1 Champion.
Living to Serve
As a survivor of a rare disease, a paradigm shift occurred in my life that set me on a personal mission to serve. I live to serve the needs of those in need. There are no boundaries or limits to whom or how I serve, so long as there is a legitimate need.
As professional speaker, it is my duty to serve as a representative for the patient's voice and perspective in the medical arenas, cancer community, advocacy world, workplace and legislatively. With extensive experience in each of these industries, my desire is to enhance the conversation by infusing the patient's experience.
In addition, I am equally passionate about individuals finding their voice, pushing boundaries and pursuing the IMPOSSIBLE things this life has to offer. As a POSSIBLE IMPOSSIBLE, I live outside of the "box" and I don't allow fear to set limits that perseverance is able to shatter. From children to adults, supporters to leaders, blue collar to CEO, I live to inspire the fervor for IMPOSSIBILITY.