Adam Rinde, ND
President, Founder, Jordan's Dad
Adam has been leading Blankets For Cancer since its inception in 2016. The organization was born from discussions and interchanges Adam had with Jordan towards the end of life. To make tragedy into a blessing; we can transform the experience toward better outcomes for those who follow. Adam has years of experience in health care as healthcare provider and in non-profit work as volunteer and fundraiser. And, his unique emotional connection as a pediatric cancer parent allows him to understand what is needed to improve quality of life of pediatric cancer patients and their families.
Adam , his wife Amy, and Jordan's brother Eitan live in the Seattle-eastside region.
Jeremy is Jordan's uncle and was by Jordan's side through thick and thin. He is a devoted advocate to the Blankets for Cancer mission.
Jeremy started his career in the car business at the age of 16 as a “hydro technician” also known as the kid with the hose washing cars in the service department.
After graduating from Towson University in 1999, Jeremy moved to New York and continued working in the car business, holding many positions in various dealerships, eventually working his way up to running the day to day operations of the entire dealership.
Jeremy is actively involved in New York’s Westchester Jewish community and serves on the boards of the Westchester Jewish Council, the Jewish National Fund, and The Young Israel of White Plains, where he and his family have been members since 2011. Jeremy also serves on the board of the Waner Children's Vascular Anomaly Foundation.
Amy L. Abramson is the controller for a private family in New York City. As a Kelly School of Business graduate (hoo hoo hoo Hoosiers). Amy obtained her CPA in 2000 and has worked her way up from general audit, to Controller in wealth management. She has been the treasure of Blankets For Cancer since its inception.
Amy and her husband Jeremy reside in White Plains with their three children, Sydney , Alexander, and Emma. As a full time accountant and mother of three, Amy has her hands full, but still makes time to be involved with the children's schools, family's synagogue, serving on a multitude of committees and volunteering her time.
One of Amy's biggest passions is camp; she works closely with the leadership of Sunshine Day Camp, a full-summer day camp in Pearl River, NY for children with cancer and their siblings.
Sarah Acosta Smith, ND
Sarah has been with Blankets For Cancer since its inception and was an integral part of Jordan's battle with Cancer. She took over as Secretary in 2019.
She works professionally as healthcare provider in rural medical health is at Brewster Medical Clinic in Brewster, Washington. She practices with a focus on family medicine and women’s health.
Sarah earned her BA in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from University of Colorado at Boulder. She was then accepted at Bastyr University and earned her Naturopathic Doctorate.
She completed a two year residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle WA , rotating through community health centers and major regional hospitals.
I live in Parker, CO with my wife of 22 years,Cheryl, and our two boys, Tyler a Senior at Legend HS, and Trevor a Freshman at Legend HS. I'm a currently a Marketing Manager for Neotract, a company that provides a minimally invasive treatment option for men struggling with symptoms from BPH. I spend the majority of my free time with my family, specifically watching my boys compete in competitive bowling tournaments as well as my son Trevor's high school golf tournaments. I also enjoy playing golf, live music, and all forms of cooking.
Although finding a cure for pediatric cancer is the ultimate goal, the time and resources necessary for families to take this incredibly challenging prognosis head-on is often an afterthought until they are in the midst of the battle.
I'm motivated to help raise awareness and funding to support families dealing with the emotional and financial toll associated with pediatric cancer so their singular focus can be on beating this disease with their child.
Brittney joins our team with over a decade of professional and volunteer experience in pediatric healthcare. She has worked in healthcare systems in Minnesota, California, and Washington, with the past 8 years working for Seattle Children’s Hospital in their Child Life department.
Using trauma-informed practices, understanding of child development and a foundation of play she partnered with families utilizing their own strengths to increase coping and decrease the negative impacts of medical experiences. It was in this work that she met and walked alongside Jordan during his Dialysis treatments. There are so many great memories of not only lego building and ipad playing but of Jordan meeting and conquering the challenges his medical journey brought him.
Over the past two years at Children’s she began taking on roles that allowed her to utilize this experience and knowledge to affect change at a system wide level as a Program Manager and Advocate for the Psychosocial Division in their implementation and adoption to the new Epic system. She hopes to take all of her experiences and continue to advocate for the patients and families facing their own medical journeys.
Brittney lives in Seattle where she loves to get outdoors, play volleyball and invest in her community. She has volunteered with local food banks, served as a family coach with Olive Crest, provided distraction for kiddos as an Office mom, and led Good Neighbor teams serving refuges through World Relief. Nearest to her heart are the 24 kiddos (from friends and family) she has loved along the way that call her auntie.