Kathy Gardiner is a writer and creative, a (sometimes) reluctant speaker, a whole-foods foodie; a cancer thriver; an awareness renegade and patient advocate; a joy seeker; a vintage collector and most importantly a fur-mama!
Battling melanoma since the age of 25 and terminally diagnosed with Advanced Metastatic Melanoma, three days before her 33rd birthday, Kathy has undertaken a life transformation from stressed out corporate-overachiever facing terminally diagnosed Melanoma… to practicing mindfulness, clean eating and living, and navigating a path of self-love, positivity and inner healing as she shares her honest and ‘Naked’ journey with the world through The Naked Gardiner. Granted compassionate access to ground-breaking immunotherapy treatment, Kathy continues to fight her prognosis while on a personal mission to advocate for melanoma patients in Australia and abroad, while supporting local creatives with a message to ‘make a difference in the world’. In October 2015, Kathy received a ‘no evidence of disease’ result; presently she takes each day as it comes. Kathy’s mantra in life is to open the world’s eyes and hearts to living a positive; joy fulfilled and nourished life by following her mantra to… Love. Accept. Believe. Nourish. Live.
Kathy is also a Director and Founder of The Naked Gardiner Foundation, (a registered not-for-profit Australian health promotion charity) whose purpose is to promote community awareness of melanoma, particularly in young people and to provide direction to support information, solutions and gifting benefits for young adult melanoma sufferers and their families to reduce the burden that follows a terminal diagnosis.
The Foundation seeks to bring hope and harmony to the lives of melanoma patients and their loved ones.