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Stories of Inspiration

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

  • Karen Clements: From Adversity Comes Strength

    After receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, Karen Clements found her strength through adversity.

    “I’m a happy person, and cancer tried to steal my happiness – it didn’t win."

    Karen Clements
    Breast Cancer
  • Sean Crowley: Living for What Matters Most

    Sean Crowley, a husband and father of three, shares the power of positivity and how it has helped him through his brain cancer journey.

    “I had to let it sink in that my life had changed forever. I learned to rely solely on Drs. Brenner and Thatikonda and my care team to get me through this."

    Sean Crowley
    Brain Cancer
  • Pam Cooper: Finding Refuge Amid the Fight

    Pam Cooper, a self-described “lifelong country girl,” explains how she found peace and sanctuary during her emotional breast cancer diagnosis.

    “When I got the news, it hit me that thousands of women go through a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment every year. Rather than thinking ‘why me?’ I thought, ‘why not me?’”

    Pamela Cooper
    Breast Cancer
  • Everett Sanderson: Fighting for a Life Well Lived

    For Everett Sanderson, a busy attorney in Austin, learning he had an advanced, aggressive form of bile duct cancer invading his liver taught him to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.

    “I just about the way I was treated at Texas Oncology. They’re just good people."

    Everett Sanderson
    Liver Cancer
  • Katherine Peck: Starting a New Chapter Amid Cancer and COVID-19

    Katherine Peck’s fight against breast cancer began during the COVID-19 pandemic, around the same time she was planning her retirement. As she starts the next chapter, Katherine encourages others to be proactive about their health.

    “I tell everyone to get mammograms. It’s so important, COVID-19 or not, to keep up with your screenings and physician follow-ups.”

    Katherine Peck
    Breast Cancer
  • Bill and Karen Peary: Fighting Cancer Together, In Sickness and In Health

    Bill and Karen Peary, a husband-and-wife team photographing weddings in Central Texas, found themselves fighting blood cancer – together.

    “We don’t get to choose the hardships we go through, but we can choose how we go through them.”

    Bill and Karen Peary
    Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma