Don is a young man with brain cancer. Since his diagnosis, he's taken up public speaking. He talks to audiences as a way to educate them, connect with people and get a few things out in the open.
Erik was a successful entrepreneur with a young family when he was diagnosed with leukemia. His battle against the disease, and the friends he made along the way, inspired him to found The There Goes My Hero Foundation. His organization's mission: to restore hope to Leukemia patients and their families through increasing bone marrow registrants, providing nutritious meals, and supporting blood cancer research.
Dian “CJ” Corneliussen-James, a retired Air Force intelligence officer, saw a need to support those who, like her, have metastatic breast cancer. Now, she is the chairman of METAvivor Research and Support, a program run by and for those with the disease. Click below to hear more.
Jeffrey Liss was a natural leader whose work as an attorney was often dedicated to advocating for the public interest. In addition to helping those in need, Jeffrey was passionate about music and, in it, found great comfort and empowerment, especially during his fight against pancreatic cancer. He shared his passion by creating a music library to benefit other patients being treated at Johns Hopkins. Click below to hear more.
Gary Metz has lost two wives to cancer. Here, he talks about his second wife, Barbara Levine, who made quilts for her two daughters as a way to leave behind her warmth and love.
The honesty, candor and significance of conversations among the living can pale in comparison to those among the dying. I am repeatedly struck by my patients' inclinations to communicate with their friends and loved ones in ways they never did before they got sick. ~~~ Steve was a gracious, genuine man in his late 50's with an easy laugh and a peaceful demeanor. He had a full head of white hair with a neatly trimmed mustache that sat above an ever-emerging smile. He had a keen sense of humor and a gentle, yet persuasive quality that made Steve a natural leader. His daughters likened his compelling nature to the influence of the Jedi Mind Trick. Once, he walked the family dog into a 7-11, where the clerk told him that dogs were not allowed in the store. Steve quickly replied, “Oh, but he’s blind.” The clerk went along with it. [...]
Robert Burkhart was a bitter man who was estranged from his family for many years before being diagnosed with lung cancer. Now that's all changed. Click below to hear more.
Cyndi, a friendly, slender woman with long red hair, was in her mid 50s when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A nutritionist by training, she knew all too well how serious her diagnosis was. Cyndi grew up on a farm in the Midwest and, after college, spent three years in the Peace Corps. She earned degrees in nutrition and spent her career sharing her knowledge with people around the world. An advocate for vegetarianism, Cyndi traveled the globe – the Middle East, India and West Africa, to name a few – sharing both her love for food and her passion for proper nutrition. She worked with malnourished families to help them make the most of food they had. She was the lead nutritionist for a major health initiative at George Washington University. Over the years she amassed a collection of recipes and cooking techniques so vast and diverse it [...]