Because of you, I am healthy

December 13, 2018

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…

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Pediatric patient’s art featured in holiday collection

December 12, 2018

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…

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Thanks to you, my daughter has hope

November 20, 2018

“If it were not for Dana-Farber, my daughter would not be here,” says Erika of her 9-year-old daughter, Marlin. In October 2017, Marlin experienced sudden and extreme hip pain – her first symptom of cancer. She had recurring and disappearing pains in her knees, shoulder, elbow, and wrist. After a month of multiple emergency department…

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Breast Cancer Patient Skates Past Cancer

November 15, 2018

Have you ever wanted to ice skate at Rockefeller Center? If so, you’re not alone. But what if balance and coordination escape you the moment you step on the ice? You may need the help of two-time breast cancer survivor Margaret Simonovich. Simonovich, a 76-year-old former professional figure skater originally from Scotland, was first bit…

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If we can survive cancer, we can survive anything

October 2, 2018

I had found the lump by myself. There were no other symptoms. All of the doctors I had seen before making an appointment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute told me, “Girls your age don’t get cancer.” I was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma (breast cancer) at the age of twenty-three. I knew my diagnosis would have a large impact on my relationship with…

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Leukemia diagnosis springs patient into action

September 25, 2018

In 2012 all was grand, or so I thought. I had it all: a fabulous career and a wonderful life in South Florida and a loving marriage. Having led global communications for two of the biggest employers with headquarters in the area, I was well known in the business and philanthropic communities of Dade, Broward,…

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Metastatic breast cancer survivor thriving on clinical trial

September 18, 2018

A clinical trial at Dana-Farber has kept Sharon DeCosta’s stage IV  metastatic breast cancer stabilized for three years, allowing her a full life of traveling and doting on her three young grandchildren, with a fourth due in December. It may seem odd that DeCosta celebrates the anniversary of her diagnosis each year with a toast, until you…

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