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Patient Stories

The Finalist Hero of Hope Patient Awards: Maryann Wahmann
Hero of HopeNeuroendocrine TumorsPatient Stories
Maryann, a carcinoid cancer survivor, and her husband helped grow a small support group to more than 100 patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). They also launched the nonprofit organization Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network, which offers a carcinoid cancer hotline; organizes national and regional conferences; and hosts fundraisers, including an annual walk that was started by her daughter, Tricia.
The Finalist Hero of Hope Patient Awards: Jerry Parins
Hero of HopePatient Stories
A cancer survivor who has had a lifelong love of motorcycles, Jerry organized the Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer just 16 months after his diagnosis. This annual cruise brings together riders to raise money for various cancer-related organizations. Since 2004, they have raised over $1 million.
The Finalist Hero of Hope Patient Awards: Jearlean Taylor
Hero of HopePatient Stories
After a long battle with rhabdomyosarcoma that included an ostomy, Jearlean had the courage to become a model, as well as a motivational speaker, and later created a support group for ostomates in Baltimore.
The Finalist Hero of Hope Patient Awards: Cindy Lovelace
Hero of HopePatient Stories
After being diagnosed with a rare cancer, Cindy started the Healing NET Foundation. This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to giving more resources to physicians who are treating neuroendocrine tumors.
Old Men Dream Too
Esophageal CancerPatient Stories
George Ford was looking forward to retirement when, on January 5, 2009, a day before his birthday, he received a call from his doctor telling him that he had esophageal cancer.
Spreading Hope and Inspiration Through Our Personal Stories
Breast CancerPatient Stories
Just 3 weeks after her 43rd birthday, and after discovering a lump on her left breast, Megan Knight learned that she had breast cancer.
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