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Ovarian Cancer Survivors and Families Help Advance Research

It’s been called the silent killer because it spreads fairly quietly, before causing painful symptoms. By the time many women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, its already advanced through the abdominal cavity. This is what happened to Gail Parkins, who, at the age of 54, was eventually diagnosed...

Nationwide Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trial Shows Promise

When IBM IT architect Laura Elzie, 60, was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago by her long-time primary care physician she was momentarily stunned when she heard, “Some of us never know how we are going to leave this world, but at least you know.” For months she’d been told her pain...

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor Making Strides

Bonita Holliday-Guy was just kicking back watching TV one hot August night three years ago when she felt a small lump high up on her breast. She promptly had it checked out by her primary care physician who suspected a cyst and referred her for an ultrasound. A radiologist at Duke Raleigh Hospital...

Brain Tumor Survivor Moms Are Angels Among Us

Behind every team photo and supportive hug at the annual Angels Among Us 5K and family fun run are stories of personal struggle and hope, love and new friendship. New teams form. Old ones dissolve. And some, persistent and resolute, stay in it for the long-haul. For a third year, two women, both of...

CRUSH Participants Raise Record $100,000

The 2017 CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Fun Walk , held March 25 in Downtown Durham, attracted more than 1,000 participants and raised a record $102,273 and counting — breaking last year’s record of around $70,000. Organized annually by the Duke Cancer Institute Multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal...

Victorious, Giving Back Seems Right For This Cancer Survivor

From cancer diagnosis, through treatment, recovery and survivorship, Ryan Switzer hasn’t stopped raising awareness and funds to ensure that others receive the same Duke quality cancer care that he and his family received Switzer was 37 in July 2012 when he was diagnosed with stage 2 rectal cancer...

More Than Medicine

Retired from their careers as an electrical engineer and a registered nurse, Harold and Selma Lerner transplanted to Durham from their native Boston morethan 20 years ago. The Lerners live only an eight-minute ride from Duke, a choice that was a lifesaver when Harold had a stroke. Afterward, he was...

Eighty-Two-Year-Old Lung Cancer Survivor Jumps In Support Of DCI

This isn’t Bob Norris’s first rodeo. To raise awareness and funds in support of the Duke Cancer Institute, the 82-year-old New Bern resident is once again dropping everything for what has become an annual free-fall adventure. “I thought about all the different ways I could help make a difference,”...

High School Student Adds Cancer Awareness To Senior-Year Curriculum

Brittany Kirby, 17, was devastated when she lost her grandmother, Joan Gregg, in June to uterine cancer. Kirby was just four years old when her grandmother received her first diagnosis of cancer – colon cancer. Tenacious and resolute, Joan beat her cancer – not once, but twice. In June, however,...

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