Who We Are

Two By Twelve Founder Emily Mottahedeh is a two-time childhood Cancer survivor committed to changing the lives of people impacted by illness.


She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 5 and relapsed at age 11.

Emily has devoted her time and energy to a variety of causes including The Ronald McDonald House of New York, The Cancer Center For Kids at Winthrop University, and Sunrise Day Camp before starting Two By Twelve. Her interest in advocacy and social work was strengthened by experiences working in areas related to child welfare, disability, and education.

After starting Two By Twelve, Emily entered the New York City Teaching Fellows program where she earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education and soon began working as a teacher in Brooklyn. Emily is now a College Advisor at the school.


Two By Twelve is run by a group of devoted and hard-working volunteers who care deeply about improving, empowering and enriching the lives of people impacted by serious illness.