Kristin Paterson - Founder/Director

Mama, yogini, adventurer, teacher, speaker, hodgkin's survivor, biophiliac.

I decided to launch Whole Lotta Life in 2013 because I wanted young adults affected by cancer (and their loved ones supporting them) to have a community they could lean on while they navigated diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.

I'm passionate about mental health in young adult affected by cancer and spend my spare time studying somatics, polyvagal theory, and yoga.

To contact Kristin directly email kristin @


Hannah Brittain - Peer support counsellor and online community developer

I came across the Whole Lotta Life Foundation after I had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. Struggling to make a sense of my new normal and finding people my age who could understand what I had gone through became paramount and the connections I made, and experiences I had, were invaluable.

Following my second diagnosis and subsequent bone marrow transplant, I decided not to return to work as an addictions counsellor but take up a position with Whole Lotta Life Foundation as their Community Developer where I can use both my experience as a young adult cancer survivor and as a professional counsellor.

You can find me online in all 3 of the WLLF closed Facebook groups. Come hang out and have a chat!

My passion is trying to establish a supportive network for people of a similar age with similar experiences as I believe it is absolutely essential for navigating a cancer diagnosis.

To contact Hannah directly email hannah @


Our Board Of Trustees



Lauren is a mother of three young children and works part time as an administrator for a local charity. She has a wealth of experience in administrative roles in NZ, Australia and the U.K. She has been passionate about working in the non-profit sector since starting volunteer work as a teenager.   When not wrangling children, she can often be found with her nose is a good book.