Advocacy Spotlight

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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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May 15, 2015

Lighting the Night

Lindsay Rehm, and Rhonda Byers both know firsthand the impact of a blood cancer diagnosis. Rhonda, an education coordinator at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2008, as a senior in college, and underwent treatment; Lindsay, a nurse educator at CTCA®, had an aunt pass away after […]

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February 15, 2015

Stay Positive and Believe!

Having been diagnosed with breast cancer and come through treatment, Rose Sajuan knows the challenges other women facing cancer are up against. It’s that firsthand experience that inspires her commitment to help others: “I always say, ‘You can’t talk the talk unless you have walked the walk,’ and my own journey with breast cancer, my […]

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December 11, 2014

Today’s Promise, Tomorrow’s Progress

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States today, claiming approximately 160,000 lives each year. That is more than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined.  In the last several years, however, increased treatment options and advancement in early detection give the lung cancer community reason to hope. The LUNGevity Foundation, […]

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