Kim Thiboldeaux

Executive Chair

Cancer Support Community

As a nonprofit executive, thought leader, and author, Kim Thiboldeaux continues to make her mark on the global stage by ensuring that the patient’s voice is at the center of every conversation about cancer.

As CEO of CSC, Thiboldeaux leads a global nonprofit network that operates at 175 locations, including CSC and Gilda’s Club centers, and in multiple hospitals and cancer clinics. Combined with a toll-free Helpline, educational materials, and digital platforms, this network of professionally-led services provides more than $5 million each year in free support and navigation services to patients and families.

In 219, Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, appointed Thiboldeaux to the Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee. This panel is focused on providing advice and serving as a transparent forum for discussion of the scientific, safety, and ethical issues associated with emerging biotechnologies.

In June 217, former Vice President Joe Biden appointed Thiboldeaux to serve on the Biden Cancer Initiative’s (BCI) Board of Directors. Thiboldeaux’s service on BCI’s board facilitated CSC’s ground-breaking partnership with Airbnb. To date, as a result of grants from Airbnb’s Open Homes Initiative, CSC has secured free housing valued at nearly two million dollars for thousands of individuals in financial need who must travel for cancer treatment.

As part of Thiboldeaux’s commitment to reach underserved communities, in May 219, she joined Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Dr. Jill Biden, and leaders of the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation in Arizona to mark the opening of the first-ever full-time cancer care and support center on an American Indian Reservation. After securing a generous gift from the Barbara Bradley Baekgaard Family Foundation, Thiboldeaux helped convene key Navajo Nation leaders, private sector supporters, and other officials to establish this culturally-adapted program located in an area larger than the state of West Virginia.

Recently, Stand Up To Cancer appointed Thiboldeaux to its Health Equity Breakthrough Research Team, focusing on cancers affecting underrepresented populations. In 219, the International Psycho-Oncology Society presented her with its President’s Community Award for Distinguished Contributions at its global Congress in Canada. 

Thiboldeaux’s insights are highly sought after, with interviews including the Wall Street Journal, PBS, Philadelphia Inquirer, WebMD, and speaking engagements, including a TEDx Talk and White House convenings. She is the author of Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis. Her writing is featured on Medium and also in the Huffington Post.

A native of Philadelphia, Thiboldeaux grew up in a close-knit family of five children. Two years ago, Thiboldeaux drove her father, a retired Philadelphia city bus driver and lifelong Eagles fan, to Minneapolis where, together, they watched their beloved home team win its first Super Bowl title.

Thiboldeaux graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in Spanish. While at American, Thiboldeaux studied abroad in London and Buenos Aires, experiences that spurred her lifelong zest for travel. She has visited all seven continents, all 5 states, and 5-plus countries around the world, and has no intention of slowing down her exploration of new countries and cultures.