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Stories that Inspire

Chemo and COVID: Patrick’s Story

Growing up as one of eight children, Patrick Mendola never spent much time being lonely. At age 15 he met his soulmate, who was also one of eight. Their extended family continued to grow, eventually tallying 13 nieces and nephews. Surrounded by love, family, and friends, loneliness felt like a…...

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Choose Joy: Jennifer’s Story

There are so many challenges when it comes to someone’s individual journey with cancer. For Jennifer Brown, the most challenging part was maintaining the emotional strength when physical strength seemed unattainable. “I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in October 2011,” Jennifer shared. “Routine bloodwork prior to an umbilical hernia…...

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Stay Strong, Be Positive: Brianne’s Story

Sometimes life gets busy and all you can do is put your head down and focus. That was what the autumn of 2017 looked like for Brianne Jaeger. She was a busy mother of two in her mid-thirties juggling her office manager role and a busy social life. That autumn…...

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We Are Stronger Than the Cancer: Maria’s Story

Maria Gonzales was no stranger to cancer by the time she was diagnosed in 2008. She had watched the disease affect many of her family members, from her mother and her grandmothers to her aunts and cousins. Despite seeing her loved ones battle cancer in various forms, her diagnosis came…...

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Give It Your All and Fight: Sergeant Liniarski’s Story

Carl J (CJ) Liniarski had found his calling in life at a young age. He had joined the United States Army Reserve in December 2014 and was committed to serving his country. From his meticulous training to his healthy lifestyle, CJ put his heart and soul into his career. There…...

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Leading the Development of New Cancer Technologies: Dr. Paul Abrams’ Story

Dr. Paul Abrams has dedicated a 30-plus career spanning academia, government, non-profit, investing and business to developing new cancer therapeutics. While in medical school at Yale, Paul experienced the first of many losses to cancer when his uncle and his father’s uncle passed away from lung cancer, both within one…...

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Treating Cancer During COVID-19: Nicole’s Story

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to its knees, preventing many events from taking place and closing the doors of uncountable businesses. People across the world were advised to stay inside and only leave the house for necessities. At first it was strange, uncomfortable, and scary. As time moved…...

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