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Stories of Inspiration

Stories of the fighters, believers, and survivors who've inspired us with their determination and hopeful spirit.

Dave Smith: Leatherworking Texan

During cancer treatment, Dave had to step away from his passion: leatherworking. Today, he is back in his workshop crafting and preparing for his next leather show. Read more.

It gives you a real appreciation of being able to step out of bed every morning, feel the carpet under your feet, and kind of stretch a little bit and say, “Another day.”

Dave Smith: Leatherworking Texan



During cancer treatment, Dave had to step away from his passion: leatherworking. Today, he is back in his workshop crafting and preparing for his next leather show. More

Mai Fleury: Master of Calm

Even while fighting lung, colon and bone cancer, Mai keeps her mind and life in balance by practicing yoga. Repeating these mindful movements helps her release stress and pass on positivity. Read more.

You have to be stress free if you can. Other than that, try to just maintain your wholeness and don’t let the outside bother you.

Mai Fleury: Master of Calm



Even while fighting lung, colon and bone cancer, Mai keeps her mind and life in balance by practicing yoga. Repeating these mindful movements helps her release stress and pass on positivity. More

Trent Barton: Advancing Science in Zero Gravity

Trent had been fascinated with space travel his whole life. Imagine the thrill when his life-saving, leading-edge cancer treatment led to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a chance to fly with NASA.

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Keep a positive attitude, keep a smile on your face and keep moving.

Trent Barton: Advancing Science in Zero Gravity



Trent had been fascinated with space travel his whole life. Imagine the thrill when his life-saving, leading-edge cancer treatment led to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a chance to fly with NASA.

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Angela Groves: Queen of “Chemo Karaoke”

Diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer, Angela Groves knew she needed to stay positive. And she knew she loved to sing. She and her sister found the perfect solution. They started Texas Oncology’s very own “Chemo Karaoke” club. Read more.

Hope can take you so far. Everybody at Texas Oncology wants you to be successful and everybody’s cheering for you.

Angela Groves: Queen of “Chemo Karaoke”



Diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer, Angela Groves knew she needed to stay positive. And she knew she loved to sing. She and her sister found the perfect solution. They started Texas Oncology’s very own “Chemo Karaoke” club. More

Charlet Tidwell: Training for Her Next Race During Chemotherapy

A teacher, student, mom, and avid runner, Charlet Tidwell wasn’t about to let her treatment slow her down. With her son’s help, she ran her way to her biggest victory yet – over breast cancer.

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I have cancer, but we’re going to get through it and just keep a positive attitude.

Charlet Tidwell: Training for Her Next Race During Chemotherapy



A teacher, student, mom, and avid runner, Charlet Tidwell wasn’t about to let her treatment slow her down. With her son’s help, she ran her way to her biggest victory yet – over breast cancer.

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Choosing to Thrive with Cancer: Robin's Story

Robin Gutierrez may never become “cancer free,” but she’s still working each day to get back to what she loves: giving back to kids by teaching elementary school. Read more.

It's difficult to be sick, but I’m here today. I’m alive. And I can still do good things for people– even if it’s just a smile.”

Choosing to Thrive with Cancer: Robin's Story



Robin Gutierrez may never become “cancer free,” but she’s still working each day to get back to what she loves: giving back to kids by teaching elementary school. More

Chuck Wakefield: A “Mountaintop Moment” in Cancer Survival

Chuck Wakefield knows a lot about fighting cancer and climbing mountains. Recently, the 12-year multiple myeloma survivor climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with his Texas Oncology physician, Dr. Brian Berryman. Read more.

Fighting cancer is a lot like climbing a mountain. It's difficult to get there, but life-changing when you do. And afterward, you keep living as a new person.

Chuck Wakefield: A “Mountaintop Moment” in Cancer Survival



Chuck Wakefield knows a lot about fighting cancer and climbing mountains. Recently, the 12-year multiple myeloma survivor climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with his Texas Oncology physician, Dr. Brian Berryman. More

Dennis Jeter: His "Personal Best" in Cancer Survival

Lifelong athlete Dennis Jeter brought his competitive spirit to fighting cancer. Now, he’s striving for his “personal best” life after treatment. Read more.

I had so many people at my church praying for me and encouraging me. They kept my spirits high, and I was determined to get through treatment and get back to doing what I love – working with my children, playing softball with my team, and doing what I can to give back.”

Dennis Jeter: His "Personal Best" in Cancer Survival



Lifelong athlete Dennis Jeter brought his competitive spirit to fighting cancer. Now, he’s striving for his “personal best” life after treatment. More

Prioritizing What Helps Her Thrive: Danielle Dennis

When Danielle started ovarian cancer treatment, she worked with her care team to make sure she could keep doing what she loved: cheering at her daughter’s soccer games. Read more.

When you get into treatment, you have a choice — you can dwell on where you are, or you can focus on the things you have to look forward to.”

Prioritizing What Helps Her Thrive: Danielle Dennis



When Danielle started ovarian cancer treatment, she worked with her care team to make sure she could keep doing what she loved: cheering at her daughter’s soccer games. More

Sandra Fivecoat Dances

After surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, Sandra Fivecoat found fun, friendship, and healing in tap dance classes. Read more.

Tap dancing gave me friends who weren’t survivors. It requires intense concentration and helped me retrain my brain, restore my balance, and strengthen my core after chemotherapy and the hysterectomy.”

Sandra Fivecoat Dances



After surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, Sandra Fivecoat found fun, friendship, and healing in tap dance classes. More

Yvonne Dubra: Spreading Flowers and Faith After Cancer

Yvonne’s faith is a big factor in her attitude. She delivers unsold flowers from a local grocer to cancer treatment centers, inspired by a store manager’s gift to her during radiation. Read more.

As a survivor, I want others to see me and know that they can thrive and not just survive. I hope that as I bring flowers to the various clinics, the flowers continue to bring hope and joy to the patients. Bringing hope and brightening up the patients’ days is a blessing to me.”

Yvonne Dubra: Spreading Flowers and Faith After Cancer



Yvonne’s faith is a big factor in her attitude. She delivers unsold flowers from a local grocer to cancer treatment centers, inspired by a store manager’s gift to her during radiation. More