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Stories of Inspiration

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

  • Mallory Cox: Different Roles, One Common Goal

    Ovarian cancer patient Mallory Cox learned to utilize the compassion and expertise of her entire care team at Texas Oncology–Longview Cancer Center to fight her aggressive disease with greater ease.

    “At all times, I had a team of people helping me to understand.”

    Mallory Cox
    Ovarian Cancer
  • Hodgkin Lymphoma Patient Can Attest to the Power of a Healthy Lifestyle

    Hodgkin lymphoma patient Sharon Sander can attest to the power of a healthy lifestyle as a triathlon athlete and coach. After her diagnosis, she began chemotherapy treatment and continued a training program that included swimming, running, and yoga.

    According to Dr. Lyons, “Sharon’s athletic endeavors and mental strength made her better able to tolerate the medication and their side effects.”

    Sharon Sander
    Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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