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Stories of Inspiration

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

  • 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
  • Jessica Veiga: Practicing Law and Preventing Cancer in Future Generations

    New gynecologic cancer treatment standards allow Jessica Veiga to thrive as a paralegal and prevent cancer in future generations.

    “I didn’t want this to define me. I want to go on as normal as possible.”

    Jessica Veiga
  • Christina Duhon: An Innovative Solution

    Christina Duhon didn’t expect the lump she discovered on her breast during pregnancy to be cancerous, but when she learned it was, she opted to be a part of something innovative to create a lasting impact.

    “I know it can be scary for others, but I wanted to be part of an innovative treatment, even if it wasn’t fully developed.”

    Christina Duhon
    Breast Cancer
  • Jana King: Faith in Recovery

    Jana King had encountered lumps in her breasts before due to fibroid cysts, but never expected to go through breast cancer so close to retirement.

    “Often, you think ‘Oh, I’ll get a mammogram this year if I get around to it.’ But I have told my daughters, all of my friends, and former colleagues what I’ve discovered. Mammograms are useful. They’re important, and they can save lives.”

    Jana King
    Breast Cancer
  • Karen Thomas: Maintaining Verve and Spirit

    Now in her 70s, Karen Thomas always has been incredibly fit, and even a stage I breast cancer diagnosis couldn’t impede her active lifestyle.

    “Staying close to my routine as much as possible has made it more bearable.”

    Karen Thomas
    Breast Cancer
  • Shruti Babu: A Mother’s Motivation

    As a mother of two daughters, Shruti Babu uses her unexpected cancer diagnosis as a teachable moment of strength and motivation.

    “I don’t want my children to be scared of the word cancer. I want them to grow up to be strong women who say, ‘You know what? Life goes on.’”

    Shruit Babu
    Breast Cancer