5 01, 2012

Maria paints

By | January 5th, 2012|Patient Stories|3 Comments

When artist Maria Lanas spent time in the hospital with her father-in-law, Shapour,during his cancer treatments, she was inspired by the drops of chemotherapy medicine falling inside of his IV bottle.   She imagined the fluid mixing with his blood and later created a series of paintings called, "Infusions."  She calls the paintings a gift from her father-in-law.  "It was a release for me," she says.  "Art has been a good friend of mine." Click below to hear her story.

12 08, 2011

Elissa: survivor, mother, navigator.

By | August 12th, 2011|Enriching Relationships, Giving, Patient Stories|0 Comments

Elissa was only 23 when she was first treated for breast cancer. After going two more rounds with the disease, she understood the journey and wanted to guide others who were travelling the same path. Now, she works with other breast cancer survivors, helping them to navigate the rough spots. Click below to hear her story.

11 08, 2011

Miles for Melanoma

By | August 11th, 2011|Patient Stories|1 Comment

Kevin Stenstrom was a marathon runner and a Naval Flight officer who, during a routine physical, was diagnosed with melanoma. After several surgeries and months of cancer therapy, Kevin founded team Miles 4 Melanoma, a program that provides runners with coaching and individual training plans, all the while raising money to support the Melanoma Research Foundation. Click below to hear his story.

17 07, 2011

Carrie’s Weekend of Well-being

By | July 17th, 2011|Building Stuff, Enriching Relationships, Patient Stories|0 Comments

For Carrie Wells, a powerful and positive part of surviving breast cancer was attending a retreat with women who shared similar journeys.   Being surrounded by other survivors was a chance for connection, education, relaxation and healing. So moved was Carrie by the retreat experience, she felt compelled to help other cancer survivors find equally valuable opportunities. Carrie launched SurvivorsRetreat.com, a website that offers a comprehensive, searchable database of cancer survival retreats. Click below to hear her story.

16 07, 2011

Edel’s Semi-Colon Club

By | July 16th, 2011|Patient Stories|0 Comments

Edel Blumberg  was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 47.  Despite undergoing surgery and chemotherapy, the disease returned three years later.  After another course of treatment, Edel founded the Semi-Colon Club, an organization dedicated to spreading awareness about colon cancer prevention, screening and treatment.  Or, as Edel likes to say, colon cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable.  Click below to hear his story.

13 06, 2011

Frank and Ellen give back

By | June 13th, 2011|Patient Stories|0 Comments

Frank Potepan fought lymphoma in the 1990s, and for the last several years has been involved in developing a local hospice program. For Frank and his wife, Ellen, it's a chance to show their gratitude and a rewarding and meaningful way to support the cancer care community. Click below to hear their story.

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