Category Cancer Patient Stories

My goal: Never give up

by Sarah Turner, age 12 (right) Not knowing someone who has made such an impact on the world around you is hard, but the fact that she was my aunt makes it even harder. Mary Ellen Welch (left) was just…

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Tougher than the rest: Marla’s story

“Her name was Marla Rene Schreiber Mehlman—but her middle name should have been ‘Hope’ or ‘Determined’,” said Jon Mehlman, Marla’s husband, as he addressed loved ones gathered to celebrate Marla’s life and memory. Throughout her life, Marla exuded courage, determination,…

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Determined patient gets a third chance at life

At 15, Kayla Brown was a normal teenager with normal priorities: friends, high school, and extra-curricular activities, especially soccer. She trained year-round and never let anything get in the way of her athletic performance. So when she started to spend…

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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…

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