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Stories of Inspiration

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

  • 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
  • Angela Groves: Queen of “Chemo Karaoke”

    Diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer, Angela Groves knew she needed to stay positive. And she knew she loved to sing. She and her sister found the perfect solution. They started Texas Oncology’s very own “Chemo Karaoke” club.

    "Hope can take you so far. Everybody at Texas Oncology wants you to be successful and everybody’s cheering for you."

    Angela Groves
    Colon Cancer
  • Charlet Tidwell: Training for Her Next Race During Chemotherapy

    A teacher, student, mom, and avid runner, Charlet Tidwell wasn’t about to let her treatment slow her down. With her son’s help, she ran her way to her biggest victory yet – over breast cancer.

    "I have cancer, but we’re going to get through it and just keep a positive attitude."

    Charlet Tidwell
    Breast Cancer
  • Choosing to Thrive with Cancer: Robin's Story

    Robin Gutierrez may never become “cancer free,” but she’s still working each day to get back to what she loves: giving back to kids by teaching elementary school.

    "It's difficult to be sick, but I’m here today. I’m alive. And I can still do good things for people– even if it’s just a smile."

    Robin Gutierrez
    Breast Cancer
  • Chuck Wakefield: A “Mountaintop Moment” in Cancer Survival

    Chuck Wakefield knows a lot about fighting cancer and climbing mountains. Recently, the 12-year multiple myeloma survivor climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with his Texas Oncology physician, Dr. Brian Berryman.

    "Fighting cancer is a lot like climbing a mountain. It's difficult to get there, but life-changing when you do. And afterward, you keep living as a new person."

    Chuck Wakefield
    Multiple Myeloma