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Stories of Inspiration

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

  • Patients Helping Find Cures in Houston

    Prostate cancer patient Jon Nicholson had never considered participating in a clinical trial, but after enrolling at his physician’s recommendation, his experience surpassed his expectations. Jon responded well to the trial and loves that he is helping advance research for prostate cancer to help future patients.

    "Dr. Doshi was phenomenal every time we met,” Jon Nicholson said. “She is incredibly encouraging, positive, and patient. She walked through every question I had to make sure I felt comfortable and confident moving forward. The whole trial was handled beautifully."

    Jon Nicholson
    Prostate Cancer
  • A Musician’s Guide to Healing and Hope

    Austin musician Jeannie Ramirez has always had a strong connection to music. Ever since her mom passed away prematurely from breast cancer, she channeled music as part of her healing process.

    "Music keeps you young, calm and happy. I’m here to touch people through my music."

    Jeannie Ramirez
    Breast Cancer
  • Say Yes To The Dress, My Oncologist, and the Perfect Glacier Wedding

    I’m no stranger to big news. On October 31, 2011, I got the biggest news of my life, and like every cancer patient, word of my breast cancer diagnosis left me spinning out of control.

    "When I walked through the doors of Texas Oncology in early November of 2011, freshly diagnosed, and with very little time to process what was happening, a sense of urgency, fear, and some pretty out-of-the-ordinary, out-of-control feelings flooded my brain."

    Val Jones
    Breast 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
  • Trent Barton: Advancing Science in Zero Gravity

    Trent had been fascinated with space travel his whole life. Imagine the thrill when his life-saving, leading-edge cancer treatment led to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a chance to fly with NASA.

    "Keep a positive attitude, keep a smile on your face and keep moving."

    Trent Barton
    Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma