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Charlene McMann

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Charlene McMann (b. circa 1951)[1](also known as Charlene McMann-Seaman) (born in Chicago, Illinois, United States), was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the now-defunct Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation (founded 2010), a non-profit raising money for lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma.

McMann is co-author with her husband Scott Seaman of the self-published book Battling and Beating Cancer – The Cancer Survival Book (2009) and was also co-host with her husband of the Battling and Beating Cancer online-only radio show on BlogTalkRadio, and CAN TV public access and online television show.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Previously, McMann co-founded and was past president of the Chicago Chapter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, which was that organization’s first local chapter.[8] She received thelocal Chicago Jefferson Award for Public Service for her cancer advocacy in 2008, organizing, fundraising, and leadership.[9] She subsequently became a Member of the National Board of Selectors of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service and launched a national program to promote health, physical activity, and well-being in students.[10][non-primary source needed]

Felony plea deal[edit]

McMann was accused of transferring funds on multiple occasions from the Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation to her own account between 2010 and 2013 while she was executive director.[11] McMann pleaded guilty on December 1, 2015.[1] She was sentenced on January 27, 2016 to two years' probation and ordered to pay $44,085 to the Chicago-based Cancer Research Foundation, a similar charity.[11][12][13]


  1. ^ a b "Former Head of Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation Must Repay $44,000 in Funds Used for Personal Use, Casino Trips". Illinois Attorney General. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  2. ^ (28 January 2011). "The Cancer Warrior : "Battling & Beating Cancer" with Scott & Charlene Seaman : Empower Radio". Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  3. ^ Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation's "Battling And Beating Cancer" Television Show,, 13 August 2015 capture from
  4. ^ "Battling And Beating Cancer Radio Show",, 5 February 2015 capture from (details on radio show)
  5. ^ "Couple honored for fight against cancer". Daily Herald. 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  6. ^ "Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation presents "Battling and Beating Cancer" _Television Program to encompass World Cancer Day". World Cancer Day. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  7. ^ "TV Show Unites Cancer Survivors Worldwide". Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  8. ^ "Lymphoma Research Foundation" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  9. ^ "Meet the 2008 Jefferson Award Winners". NBC News. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  10. ^ [1] Archived November 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ a b "West Chicago Woman Ordered to Pay $44K for Stealing from Cancer Charity". Chicago Sun-Times. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Chicago charity executive sentenced for misusing funds". Associated Press. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "West Chicago Woman Ordered to Pay $44K for Stealing From Cancer Charity". NBC News. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.