Advocacy Spotlight

March 13, 2018

From the Cubicle to CEO of Courage and a Cure

Four years ago, Jodie Murphy, age 54, reached what she thought was peak of her career. After 23 years of climbing the corporate ladder, the San Diego native living in Goodyear, Arizona landed the demanding role of Senior Manager of Global Investigations at Gap Inc. “It was a pretty stressful job,” Jodie Murphy explains. “I […]

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March 13, 2018

Hesitant to Join a Cancer Support Group? Here’s Why Camaraderie Heals

A cancer diagnosis is often seen as only a physical affliction, but cancer patients know the battle is also emotional. The whirlwind of emotions experienced following a cancer diagnosis — from anxiety and depression to fear, guilt, frustration and helplessness — can make you feel like giving up. Isolation and loneliness are real issues too, […]

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September 8, 2017

How to Navigate the Workforce After a Cancer Diagnosis

In the U.S., more than 21 million adults have been diagnosed with cancer, and many of them are of working age. A cancer diagnosis brings a unique set of challenges for each individual, but workers in particular often face added stress in wondering how to navigate this new world of working with cancer. There are […]

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November 14, 2016

#1 Cancer Killer in Women – Know Your Risk

In the spring of 2015 Newport, Virginia resident Anne Beleu felt a twinge of pain in her left side, which became persistent over a couple of months. “I thought I had pulled a muscle,” Anne says. “I had been stacking firewood with my boys, and I figured I had just overdone it.” But when the […]

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September 12, 2016

Pulling Out a Win

The timing couldn’t have been worse for Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was 2011 and the Diamondbacks were poised to make the Major League Baseball playoffs a month later—which Hall was determined not to miss. The call from Hall’s urologist, informing him that he […]

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August 4, 2016

Meet Clay Erickson

Growing up in his mom’s kitchen, Clay Erickson helped cut vegetables, stir soups and bake cakes. He made his first batch of lasagna when he was just 6 years old. When he wasn’t cooking with his mom, he was watching her take care of his father, a U.S. Army Air Corps paratrooper who was diagnosed […]

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May 24, 2016

Meet Traci Owen

Traci Owen, RN, BSN, is a nurse. Her official title is survivorship care manager, but in her heart she is a nurse and always has been. “I was born knowing what I am here to do. I don’t remember a time I thought about doing anything else,” Owen says. “I played nurse, I always planned […]

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November 10, 2015

Hope Is Priceless

Steve O’Grady lived for years with chronic gastrointestinal is­sues that were continually written off as indigestion: He coped with acid reflux, heartburn, trouble swallowing, chest pain, hiccups and throat burn, among other symptoms, and he took antacids and baking soda to manage the discomfort. “I was repeatedly told it was only heartburn or indigestion,” Steve […]

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October 14, 2015

The Real Story About Lung Cancer and Women

Jane Elterman, a stage IV lung cancer survivor and patient at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla., became a LUNG FORCE Hero when she shared her story on the American Lung Association’s website at LUNGFORCE.org. Today, she is a passionate advocate for the movement to increase awareness […]

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August 10, 2015

The Heart of Nursing

Jill Fargo’s 30-year career in nursing has been defined by a powerful core mission: to help patients live through and live with whatever health challenges they face. From early formative experiences as a nurse’s aide, through positions that have included staff nurse, head nurse of a pediatric unit, nursing manager, clinical director of medical and […]

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