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Stories of Inspiration

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

  • Elaine Sanders: From Patient to Passionate Yoga Practitioner

    For Elaine Sanders, a cancer diagnosis led to a newfound love of yoga and a community of support from fellow cancer patients and survivors.

    “Yoga has helped my cancer recovery and improved my life and my outlook.“

    Elaine Sanders
    Breast Cancer
  • Michelle Benoist: Turning Challenge into Opportunity

    For Michelle Benoist, a stay-at-home mother of two, a colorectal cancer diagnosis changed her perspective and her life. It led to an unexpected new calling: avid advocacy for preventive cancer screenings.

    “I was actively being screened for cervical and skin cancer, but never thought about colorectal cancer. I’m now a huge advocate for cancer screenings, and I frequently encourage others to get screened.”

    Michelle Benoist
    Colon Cancer
  • James Miller: Treatment Targeted to His Lifestyle

    James Miller chose to enroll in a clinical trial of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for prostate cancer, allowing him to fight his disease with ease and continue his active lifestyle.

    “I was never afraid of my cancer diagnosis, but at my age, I didn’t want treatment to hold me back, or keep me from going on with my life as normal”

    James Miller
    Prostate Cancer
  • Sandra Overton: Fighting Fear, Finding Positivity

    Sandra Overton learned the power of a positive mindset in her fight against lung cancer. Her personal mantra, “I won’t let cancer get me down,” helped Sandra navigate treatments and recovery.

    “I can’t say it enough, having a good outlook and a positive attitude makes all the difference.” (Sandra Overton pictured, fourth from left, with her co-workers)

    Sandra Overton
    Lung Cancer
  • Debra Campbell: Nurse Gains New Insight into Caregiving

    As a nurse and faculty member at El Centro College, breast cancer patient Debra Campbell dedicated her life to helping patients and caregivers learn and thrive. But, she found her role as a patient equally as educational as her time as a nurse.

    “It’s a cliché, but there are no stupid questions. Ask lots of questions. Make sure you’re getting mammograms and screenings on time. It’s important not to be scared, just get it done.” (Also pictured Dr. Anand Shivnani.)

    Debra Campbell
    Breast Cancer
  • Olympian Earl Young’s Journey Through Acute Myeloid Leukemia

    After a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia in 2011, gold medalist Olympian Earl Young found that the greatest joy of his life was still ahead of him.

    “When people ask me why they should become a donor and if there’s any risk involved, all I can tell them is: ‘You risk never being able to save a life.’”

    Earl Young
    Acute Myeloid Leukemia AML