Meet Robin

HCF Cover Page -2021.jpg


Hawthorne Center

Robin Yoder, MSW, LMSW, OSW-C
Co-Founder / Director
The Hawthorne Cancer Center
  • The Hawthorne Cancer Foundation
  • The Hawthorne Cancer Foundation
frisk award flower pic.jfif

Hello! My name is Robin Yoder.  I am the Co-Founder of The Hawthorne, The Cancer Resource Center which is located on the first floor of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute on the campus of Johnston-Willis Hospital.

In 2001 with the support and backing of the Hawthorne Cancer Foundation and CJW Medical Center, I co-founded The Hawthorne.  I have been employed at Johnston-Willis as the outpatient Oncology Social Worker since December 1991.  Meeting with me at The Hawthorne we will discuss the supportive and educational cancer related resources that are available to you and your family through The Hawthorne as well as in the community.  I will also make you aware of the specific Cancer Support and Educational Groups that are available to help you and your family cope through distressing times.  I will also discuss with you any concerns or questions you may have about adapting to any challenges that may arise as a result of your cancer.

Education and Professional Experience

  • Oncology Social Worker at Johnston-Willis Hospital since 1991.

  • Co-Founder The Hawthorne The Cancer Resource Center

  • Facilitate Cancer Support Groups 1992-present

  • Master of Social Work VCU

  • Bachelor of Science Education East Carolina University

  • 2005  Recipient of the American Cancer Society’s Lane Adams National Quality of Life Award

  • Chair of American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life 8 years

  • 1999 Epsilon Sigma Alpha Recipient of Diana Award of Exceptional Service to Humanity

  • 1995 Frist Humanitarian Award Winner for HCA

  • 1985-1987 United States Peace Corps Volunteer/ Jamaica, West Indies



On a personal note, I am a 2 time cancer Survivor.  On August 5, 2010 my right leg was amputated above the knee as a result of a cancer diagnosis. This cancer (a soft tissue sarcoma) appears to have been caused by the radiation therapy treatments that cured me from a bone cancer (osteosarcoma) that I was diagnosed with in 1980 when I was 18 years old.  My leg was saved from an amputation during that time but due to many contributing factors, it could not be saved with this current set of circumstances.  I am an athlete, a paratriathlete to be specific, (swim, bike and run).  I am affiliated with Sportable, a recreation and Paralympic sports club located in Richmond for people with physical disabilities.  I love to challenge myself and my physical skills as an amputee.  I love training and setting goals and the rush that comes with accomplishment in sports from my hard work.  I love interacting with all types of people and challenging them to work hard and to see them meet their goals.  I participate in all kinds of events and causes raising awareness and hope for people with all sorts of life challenges.

I married my husband Wayne in 1993 and we have a wonderful teenage son Isaac.  I love spending time with my son.  During the summer of July 2013, he and I traveled to Costa Rica for 2 weeks with 42 people, students and adults from his school.  It was an awesome experience to have shared with my son.  I love watching him develop as a young man in everyday life and as a leader on the Manchester High School Football Team.  He is a joy and my inspiration.  I love to travel.  I love the ocean and I love people.  I have 2 dogs Murry, a chocolate Labrador Retreiver and Ladyby a little Beagle mix.

I would appreciate the opportunity to meet you at any time.  It is an honor to be on the journey with so many wonderful patients and family members.  Together, we gain strength!