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Stories of Inspiration

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

  • Steve Dombek

    Steve Dombek: An Unbreakable Spirit

    Steve Dombek’s relentless optimism and unbreakable spirit carried him through a double diagnosis of systemic mastocytosis and multiple myeloma. Through his business – UnbreakableATX – and with the support of his physicians, family, friends, and The Flatwater Foundation, Steve inspires others by sharing his story, and giving back to the very foundation that assisted him and his daughter throughout his cancer journey.

    “Unbreakable is my mantra, motto, or mindset for anyone going through a tough time. It reminds us that you/we/they got this, are strong, can persevere, believe, and are unbreakable.”

    Steve Dombek
    Multiple Myeloma
  • Bren Doreck

    Bren Doreck: The Battle of a Lifetime

    Texas native and former Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bren Doreck is no stranger to embracing the unknown; he faces challenges head on. At the age of 39, he went from fighting for his country to fighting for his life.

    “I don’t think I could have had a better doctor, honestly. He had a whole plan laid out.”

    Bren Doreck
    Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
  • Brooke Bott

    Brooke Bott: Keeping Her Joy as She Battled Leukemia

    Brooke Bott received the news of her diagnosis while attending her cousin’s birthday party. A fight with acute lymphocytic leukemia “ALL” behind her, she’s going to be a part of this cousin’s wedding – because she keeps going.

    “Even though I was going through something really difficult, I still smiled my way through it.”

    Brooke Bott
    Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Child ALL)
  • Dan Rembold

    Joyride – How Cancer Prepared Me for the Ride of My Life

    During Blood Cancer Awareness Month, acute myeloid leukemia survivor Dan Rembold, of Dallas, shares his cancer journey and the importance of a positive mindset.

    “For those of us cancer survivors who ‘only live twice,’ life is that much more precious, and we are blessed with a special perspective that only we have.”

    Dan Rembold
    Acute Myeloid Leukemia AML
  • Mallory Leblanc

    Mallory Leblanc: A Clinical Trial Saved My Life

    In early 2020, as the world was entering the earliest phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mallory Leblanc’s world was also turned upside down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She said participating in a clinical trial at Texas Oncology helped save her life.

    “Thirty years ago, my diagnosis could have killed me, but cancer research and clinical trials like the one I participated in saved my life. The stakes could not be higher – so why not participate in a clinical trial? You’re fighting cancer and advancing cancer care – and that’s amazing.”

    Mallory Leblanc
    Breast Cancer
  • Carly Waters

    Carly Waters: Embracing Each Day with Grace and Gratitude

    After a stage III colorectal cancer diagnosis, Carly Waters learned to lean on others for support. Now cancer free, she finds creative ways to spread kindness and support for others who may be struggling.

    “In a world where things aren’t always good, it makes people feel good to help – and they really want to help.”

    Carly Waters
    Colon Cancer, Rectal Cancer