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My Duke Cancer Story

#MyDukeCancerStory: A Fair Shake

When Nadine Barrett, PhD , was 15, she and her mother traveled from their home in Wimbledon, England to New York City and ended up staying; making a home in Brooklyn. They were immigrants seeking “new opportunities to advance their education and career,” Barrett said, and undocumented. “We lived in...

#MyDukeCancerStory: One Size Does Not Fit All

In 2004, Dennis Dunlow, now 47, experienced the moment that redefined his life: the birth of his triplets. Two years later, he experienced that thrilling moment all over again when his family welcomed their youngest son, making him a father of four. For Dunlow, his family has always been the...

#MyDukeCancerStory: A Champion For The Disadvantaged & The Elimination Of Cancer

As a boy growing up in Schenectady, New York, Steven Patierno, PhD, could often be found out in the woods performing surgery on frogs, when he wasn’t playing sandlot soccer or a local, slightly more “aggressive” version of capture the flag. “I always knew I wanted to be a scientist, even before I...

#MyDukeCancerStory: Virginia Woman Speaks Out

Leigh Zagorski, 32, was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. After graduating high school, she entered the restaurant industry, starting out at 18 years old as a server and working her way up the ranks to management. While the money was good, benefits were most often nonexistent or cost...

#MyDukeCancerStory: When Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer, It Was Sink Or Swim For Military Vet

When Robert “Bob” List, 73, a retired colonel with the U.S. Marine Corps, was diagnosed with stage 2 prostate cancer in June 2006, he immediately began to research the “enemy” threatening to take his life. For more than 26 years List’s sole focus was to lead his men in tactical planning. No less...

#MyDukeCancerStory: One-Two Punch 

There wasn’t much that could slow down Keith Nguyen, a Merck pharmaceutical employee who often traveled for business and described himself as being “in perfect health.” But when he had a heart attack last year, at age 50, it was if life had dealt him a sucker punch. When several months later he...

#MyDukeCancerStory: Family Ties

Katie Jantzi (née Yelenic) was just 9 years old, and her sister Megan Yelenic, 5, when their mother died 18 years ago of metastatic breast cancer. Katie remembers birthday parties, shopping trips, and most of all, listening to oldies and doo-wop music in her mother’s car. “I loved riding with her...

#MyDukeCancerStory: A Labor of Love

Melanie Bacheler, at 32, was a full-time pharmaceutical company sales representative, part-time gymnastics coach, and a new mom of a six-month-old when her mother Gail Parkins was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian epithelial cancer. By the time her cancer was discovered, it had already advanced...

#MyDukeCancerStory: Young Designer Reimagines Life After Cancer

In May 2015, Shannon Voelkel graduated with a business administration degree from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. After graduation, she rented an apartment in the port city and started her “dream job” working for a well-known interior design firm. A year-and-a-half later she would...

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