Because of you, I am healthy

I was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia at the age of 20. For me, the hardest part about hearing ‘you have cancer’ was having to deal with the thought that I might have to sacrifice important moments in my life because of my diagnosis. As a part of my cancer treatment, I underwent a lifesaving…

Coping with grief after a spouse’s death: Rosemary’s story

Rosemary felt suddenly adrift when her husband, Jim, died from stage IV pancreatic cancer. The couple were together since high school, and Rosemary found herself alone for the first time in her life. “After he died, I was truly in a fog,” Rosemary said. In the immediate wake of his passing, she leaned on family…

Bride vows to continue brother’s fight against colorectal cancer

Robin O’Neill was looking forward to her dream destination wedding in Mexico when her older brother, Vannarin “Vann” Ly, learned his stage IV colorectal cancer became resistant to treatment. His doctor, Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH, director of Dana-Farber’s new Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center, told the family that Vann likely only had weeks left to live…

Family supports brain tumor research—and their daughter—by golfing

In March 2007, the Hamilton family was eagerly awaiting a big moment: Rick Hamilton was about to return home from an Air Force tour in Baghdad, and the family was looking forward to reuniting on a trip to Florida. His 6-year-old daughter, Caroline, had her own milestone to look forward to: graduating kindergarten. But life…

Breast cancer patient walks confidently down the aisle

Aug. 25, 2018 is a day Kasha Wasylak will never forget; it was the day the 26-year-old bride happily said, “I do,” to her now-husband, Patrick. Standing confidently in front of her family and friends, the ceremony not only solidified a lifetime commitment, but it also brought closure to what had a been a turbulent…

To Dana with Love; a letter from a grateful patient

Dear Dana-Farber, It was seven years ago this past August when I landed in Dr. Steven Hodi’s office with the dire prognosis of stage IV melanoma. Steve was no stranger to me, as he had treated my sister Sharry several years before for the same ailment. Sharry had succumbed to melanoma after a courageous two-year…

What to eat during marathon training according to Dana-Farber Nutritionist 

As our Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team members train for the Boston Marathon®, we set out to learn more about nutrition during this grueling training period. Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, a senior clinical nutritionist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and American College of Sports Medicine certified fitness specialist, was a member of the DFMC team…

Meal ideas and recipes for marathon runners from a Dana-Farber Nutritionist

Stacy Kennedy , MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, a senior clinical nutritionist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, American College of Sports Medicine certified fitness specialist, and former member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team shares her favorite recipes for all stages of marathon training. During marathon training: Breakfast • Warm oatmeal (½ cup dry) prepared with low-fat…

Pediatric patient’s art featured in holiday collection

To learn more about Waffles the Bear – one of the many gift ideas in Dana-Farber’s Holiday Cards and Gifts presented by Amica Insurance –you need to know 10-year-old Alyssa Manfredonia’s story. In 2017, Manfredonia was diagnosed with a high-grade brain tumor known as an aplastic astrocytoma. A biopsy revealed multiple mutations, including one associated with the epidermal growth…