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“To me, Mission Gait is that light of hope, that community who strives to guide people who face unimaginable challenges to their fullest and unique potential through direct training and emotional support along with a grass roots exchange with other rehab centers interested in expanding their skills and knowledge.”

Robin P. Yoder, MSW

Director of education

Robin Yoder is the Co-Founder of The Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center, located in Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, VA.  The Hawthorne is a nonprofit, dedicated comprehensive cancer resource center where services are free to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis, regardless of one’s hospital affiliation.  Robin has been employed at Johnston-Willis as the outpatient Oncology Social Worker since 1991, providing supportive and educational counseling to individuals or through cancer support groups to help one cope with the impact of living with a cancer.  She received her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from East Carolina University.

Robin has a passion for outreach and has volunteered countless hours with the American Cancer Society in support of their mission in various community based programs.  She chaired the Chesterfield County Relay For Life for 8 years and was the Recipient of the American Cancer Society’s Lane Adams National Quality of Life Award.  She has been an active participant in the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program in Triathlons from Olympic to 70.3 Ironman Distance races, and was a top Virginia fundraiser 3 years concurrently. Robin received the Frist Humanitarian Award for HCA.  Robin served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer from 1985-1987 and served on Literacy Project in Jamaica, West Indies.

"On a personal note, I have been married since 1993 and I have 1 son. I am a 2 time cancer survivor. In 2010 my right leg was amputated above the knee as a result of my 2nd cancer diagnosis.    It was a devastating and scary time for me and my family to have been instantly plucked out of the active healthy life I lived.  But I am fortunate to have had available to me the resources of a highly skilled prosthetic Team of Powell Prosthetics and The Gait Center’s specially trained therapists who supported my emotional and physical journey. And, along with my own determination, they helped me develop the necessary gait skills required so that I could re-emerge in my regular life to live and  experience this wonderful world with confidence, curiosity and joy outside the therapeutic arena. I continue to push my limits."

Robin loves to travel and is a competitiveParaTriathlete and ParaRower. She mentors other amputees, and loves seeing them reach their goals through her role as a Certified Peer Visitor with the Amputee Coalition of America. Robin enjoys interacting with all types of people.