Category Cancer Patient Stories

Young multiple myeloma patient pays it forward

By Ethan Hawes So much of a cancer diagnosis is how you view it. From 2013, when I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma as a 22-year-old college senior, until 2016, I felt isolated and insecure. Getting diagnosed with something so…

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Thru-hiker conquers Pacific Crest Trail in memory of mother

Jim “Slim” Klumpp first set his sights on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2018, one year after his mother, Susan “Sue” Klumpp, passed away. Sue was Slim’s biggest supporter, in both his adventurous and creative pursuits. Slim’s grandparents were…

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Army Veteran Focuses on a New Fight

Clifton “Cliff” Mo, MD, didn’t follow the traditional route to Dana-Farber. The Institute’s new multiple myeloma physician and Director of autologous stem cell transplantation for multiple myeloma is a graduate of the United States Military Academy West Point, a veteran…

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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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