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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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