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Stories of Inspiration

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

  • Carolyn Pyle: Defying the Odds

    A stage IV lung cancer diagnosis didn’t stop Carolyn Pyle from remaining positive and living her life during and after her two-year treatment journey.

    “Cancer wasn’t my first choice, but we managed, thanks to great care and good fortune.”

    Carolyn Pyle
    Lung Cancer
  • Coral Delaplaine: Treating Every Day as a Gift

    Coral Delaplaine worked as a teacher for years before facing a lung cancer diagnosis. While her time in the classroom may be over, we can all learn a lesson in facing adversity with grace after learning her story of positivity and perseverance throughout multiple lung cancer diagnoses over the past 16 years.

    “Live in the moment. Every day is a gift.”

    Coral Delaplaine
    Lung Cancer
  • 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.

    "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
    Esophageal Cancer
  • 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.

    "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
    Bone Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer