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Patient Stories

The Song Must Go On: Melissa’s Journey from the Stage to Stage III Cancer
Colorectal CancerPatient Stories
Singer and songwriter Melissa Marshall was 51 when she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in September 2013. After a lengthy battle Melissa was cured, and began a crusade of inspiration and education.
A Different Kind of Therapy
Family MembersPatient StoriesWeb Exclusives
“This all stemmed from seeing the therapy dog at the hospital and believing I could make a difference, especially after the situation I went through,” says Kelli Coppinger about her dog, Bandit, becoming a therapy dog.
The Finalist Hero of Hope Patient Awards: Seth Grumet
Hero of HopePatient Stories
Hodgkin lymphoma survivor Seth founded STOMP the Monster, a nonprofit organization for patients with cancer. Since its inception, the organization has given $1.5 million in grant funds, which are raised through various fundraisers.
The Finalist Hero of Hope Patient Awards: Nellie Sandoval
Hero of HopePatient Stories
Nellie, a breast cancer survivor, and another woman started a local women’s cancer support group through the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program. She has helped overcome the taboo within the Navajo nation by helping to create videos, seminars, and published materials on cultural matters in cancer.
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.
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