April Johnson Stearns
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, WILDFIRE Magazine
April grew up on a 43-acre Christmas tree farm with horses, chickens, dogs, cats, and a couple of co-conspirators in the form of younger brothers. The closest neighbor was a half-mile away. Like most who don’t know what they have till it’s gone, she spent her teen years desperate to be “normal” and live in a town. Now she lives with her husband and young daughter on the coast of California in a real-life town where she can see and hear her neighbors almost all the time, but she can also ride her bike down to the beach at a moment’s notice to watch the sunset. Although she does love town life, she also likes to get away from all the hustle and bustle whenever she can to hike in the woods. Diagnosed at 35 with IDC, stage IIIb, HER2+, April launched WILDFIRE Magazine 4 years later in 2016 as a way to create community through storytelling as it pertains to young women diagnosed with breast cancer (Wildfirecommunity.org).