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Stories of Inspiration

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Deborah Hall: Finding Support Among Colleagues

    Breast cancer patient Deborah Hall finds calm in coworkers who help her tackle the challenges of work and cancer.

    “Why am I worrying about work, while I’m fighting for my life?”
    Deborah Hall
    Breast Cancer
  • Brandy Villere: A Mother’s Resilience

    At 33, Brandy Villere faced a breast cancer scare that nearly derailed her dreams of being a mother, until she started asking questions.

    “If I can get just one young woman to ask the right questions about her treatment and fertility options, my speaking out publicly will have been worth it.”

    Brandy Villere
    Breast Cancer
  • 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
  • Christy MacDonald: An Advocate for Early Detection

    Christy MacDonald has seen multiple generations of her family experience cancer, and fought it ferociously when she encountered the disease herself.

    “Until you’ve gone through something like cancer, you don’t realize how precious life truly is.”

    Christy MacDonald
    Breast Cancer