Jeanneane Maxon

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CitizenshipUnited States of America
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  • Attorney
  • Speaker
  • Pro-life Activist

Jeanneane Maxon (née Dixon, born 1979) is an American attorney, speaker, pro-life activist,[1] and brain cancer awareness spokesperson.[2] She was formerly the General Counsel of Care Net, and the Vice President of External Affairs of Americans United for Life.[3] She serves as an Associate Scholar for the Charlotte Lozier Institute[4] and as the Compliance Officer for Her PLAN (Pregnancy and Life Assistance Network).[5] In 2015, a tumor was discovered in the right frontal lobe of her brain,[6] followed by a diagnosis of grade 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) in early 2016.[7][8] She serves as an Ambassador for Novocure[9] the manufacturer of Optune, an innovative cancer treatment utilizing Tumor Treating Fields (TTF).[10]

Early Life and Career

Maxon was born in 1979 to pro-life activist parents Chris and Jenny Dixon. Chris was a leader of the Randall County Republican Party, and Jenny served as the Executive Director of the Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Amarillo, TX.[11] In 2002, she graduated valedictorian from Westminster College in Fulton Missouri. That same year, she started law school at Boston University School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2005.[12] In college, she interned for Judge William Duane Benton of the Missouri Supreme Court. During law school, she interned with Justice Robert Cordy of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Following graduation from law school, Maxon practiced commercial litigation in Manchester, New Hampshire for Devine Millimet and Branch. In 2007, she relocated to Sterling Virginia to serve as General Counsel of Care Net, where she co-authored Legal Solutions: A Legal Resource for Life-Affirming Pregnancy Help Organizations and featured The War on Crisis Pregnancy Centers. In 2012, Maxon was hired by Americans United for Life to serve as its Vice President of External Affairs, where she served until she resigned for health reasons brought on by brain cancer.[13]

Following a two year pause in her career to receive treatment for brain cancer, Maxon started consulting with the Charlotte Lozier Institute in 2018, publishing her first article for the Lozier Institute in February of 2019.[14] She was originally named an associate scholar in 2016.[15] In 2020, she started consulting with Her PLAN (Pregnancy and Life Assistance Network, becoming its Compliance Officer in 2019.[16]

In 2018, Maxon began writing a quarterly law and ethics column for Christian Counseling Today, a publication of the American Association of Christian Counselors.[17] Additionally, she has served as faculty for several courses offered by Light University, including Caring for People God's Way.[18]

Maxon has spoken at several conferences, including conferences hosted by Care Net,[19] Heartbeat International,[20] the American Association of Christian Counselors[21] and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates.[22] Maxon is often a keynote speaker for pro-life events.[23][24]

Brain Cancer Diagnosis and Journey

In December 2015, a lime-sized tumor was found in the right frontal lobe of Maxon's brain and she underwent an 8 hour surgery near Christmas. In January 2016, Maxon, along with her family, were informed by Maxon's nuero-surgeon that she had Grade 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM). Maxon underwent the standard treatment of radiation and chemotherapy, as well as using a device called Optune. Prior to her diagnosis, Maxon experienced several symptoms which went undiagnosed after consulting with four different doctors, including increase headaches, feeling faint, and having pressure behind her right eye. Her surgery was conducted by Dr. Toral Patel of U.T. Southwestern, and has been under the care of Dr. Karen Fink of Baylor Scott and White Health. Maxon and Fink have presented together to media on Maxon's cancer journey.[25] Olga Villaverde, Host of LifeTime TV's Balancing Act: Behind the Mystery, described Maxon's story as "empowering," when featured on the LifeTime Television Network.[26]


  1. "Jeanneane Maxon". The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. The Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  2. Adams, Audrey. "Dr. Karen Fink, a Neuro-Oncologist and Jeanneane Maxon, Patient: Glioblastoma (GBM)". Talk! with Audrey. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  3. Priz, Ginny. "Interview with Jeanneane Maxon". Beauty from Ashes. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  4. "Jeanneane Maxon, J.D". The Charlotte Lozier Institute. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  5. "Jeanneane Maxon, Compliance Officer". Her PLAN. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  6. "Prayers Requested: Pro-life leader Jeanneane Maxon Diagnosed with Brain Cancer". Life Site News. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  7. Maxon, Jeanneane (24 June 2021). "Roe v. Wade's antiquated law of 'viability' deadly for unborn infants". The Washington Times. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  8. McFadden Maffucci, Maria (28 June 2021). "Jeanneane Maxon, Warrior for Christ". The Human Life Review. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  9. "2020 ABTA Alumni Research Network Annual Meeting". American Brain Tumor Association. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  10. "How Optune Works". Novocure. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  11. Maxon, Jeanneane. "Big Stupid Brain Cancer Blog". Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  12. Smith, Warren Cole (7 January 2016). "Pro-life leader Jeanneane Maxon on hearing God". Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  13. "A Christmas Miracle! New Freedom X Board Member Jeanneane Maxon Survives Surgery to Malignant Brain Tumor!". Freedom X. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  14. Maxon, Jeanneane. "Fact of Life: American Cars (and Their Drivers) Exhibit Decidedly More Pro-life than Pro-choice Views". Charlotte Lozier Institute. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  15. "Charlotte Lozier Institute Adds Three New Women Associate Scholars". Charlotte Lozier Institute. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  16. "Jeanneane Maxon, Compliance Officer". Her PLAN. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  17. Maxon, Jeanneane. "Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace". Christian Counseling Today. 25 (1): 64–65.
  18. Maxon, Jeanneane. "Caring for People God's Way, Unit 4: Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling Ministry". Light University. American Association of Christian Counselors. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  19. "Speakers and Leaders". Care Net. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  20. Maxon, Jeanneane. "Government Grants for PHOs". Heartbeat International. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  21. Jenkins, D. and Maxon, J. "Christian Counseling Ethics and the Law: 21st Century Developments and Hot Potato". American Association of Christian Counselors. Retrieved 13 March 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  22. "Schedule". NIFLA. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  23. "What's Happening". Peninsula Clarion. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  24. "Annual March for Life". New Hampshire Right to Life. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  25. "This is the deadliest kind of brain cancer". KGUN (ABC) Tucson. Tucson Morning Blend. 21 July 2021. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  26. "Behind the Mystery: Glioblastoma Multiforme Sponsored by Novocure®". LifeTime Television Network. 20 November 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2022.

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