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Refusing to Surrender

Ron Brounes | Posted 05.18.2014 | Parents
Ron Brounes

I love my kids more than life itself. But between the tantrums and the arguing and the bossiness and the talking back and the selective hearing and the procrastination, I occasionally long for those carefree days When I have one of those wishful kid-free moments, I think of Zach and his family (and I hug my daughters more tightly).

'The Silver Lining': An Insightful Guide to the Realities of Breast Cancer

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 05.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

Looking for and finding Silver Linings was essential to my well-being during treatment. They buoyed me and kept my spirits hopeful from the time of my diagnosis throughout my double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and recovery. Silver Linings gave me the balance and perspective to get me through the darkest of days.

My Friend, Reed

Jamie Grant | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamie Grant

I first met Reed in the late '80s as we both attended high school in Bismarck, ND. From the moment I met Reed, I knew something was unique and special about the man.

Teaching Resilience, Courage, and Perseverance

Barbi Appelquist | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbi Appelquist

On April 16, I will celebrate two years cancer-free. New parents are receiving the news I received and struggling with how to tell their children, their parents, their friends. Below is something I wrote two years ago as I prepared for the surgery that would heal me.

Will Cell Phones Prove as Cancerous as Cigarettes?

Stewart Wolpin | Posted 05.13.2014 | Technology
Stewart Wolpin

This week we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first handheld cell phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X (pictured abpve), going on sale (which you ...

Dear Cancer: It's Not Me, It's You

Stephanie Madsen | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Madsen

Dear Cancer: I'm breaking up with you. There are no negotiations that can be made. No argument strong enough, no comeback able to change my mind. This is the end. I'm over you. To be honest, I never liked you in the first place.

Hollywood Stylist Gives Survivors New Hope

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

Christine, who lives in Los Angeles, was more than deserving of this gift. She had become a champion for cancer related causes while still in the hospital herself, believing she only had weeks to live.

I'm Playing Cancer Before It Plays Me

Sabrina Dominguez | Posted 05.13.2014 | Teen
Sabrina Dominguez

I've been preparing myself for battle since I was a 5th grader fighting it out on the basketball court. I've been slowly building my armor from the day I was born. And although I might still be young in your eyes, I can guarantee you a war in which I will be victorious.

ESPN Anchor Perseveres While Battling Cancer

The New York Times | Posted 03.13.2014 | Sports

Stuart Scott’s fight continues. He has had 58 infusions of chemotherapy. He recently switched to a pill. But the drugs have not fully arrested the c...

Women Changing the Way We Think About Our Boobs: Angelique Pitney

Anna Musky-Goldwyn | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Anna Musky-Goldwyn

For so many women affected by breast cancer, like Angelique, it all comes back to daughters. The next generation. The group of young women, like myself, who have a whole other world of resources and therefore hopefully a whole other world of hope to live cancer free.


Stanley Ely | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stanley Ely

The person I write about here died before his time, at 48. We were 30 years apart and friends for a couple of decades, blowing away the theory that intergenerational friendships don't work.

To My Son

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Nina Polvanich Louie

Your mama was diagnosed with cancer one week before your second birthday. It was Stage IV lymphoma, and my PET scan lit up like a Christmas tree.

Don't Leave Your Humanity at the Door; Take it Into Work With You!

Ann Fry | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Ann Fry

As you know, I'm passionate (and concerned) about how people with major illness, like cancer, are treated at work. Along with that, of course, is how ...

Be Brave

Amanda Evans-Clark | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Amanda Evans-Clark

It's the best advice a friend sent me today. To be honest, I feel like it's our only option -- be brave. What else can you do when a doctor tells you you're dying?

Attracting Large Scale Philanthropy for Childhood Cancer

Jonathan Agin | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

I issue a challenge to the Mark Zuckerbergs, Donald Trumps and Phil Knights of the world: Will you step up to the plate and help children with cancer at least take a swing?

5 Things I Learned From Helping My Dad Die

Noah Michelson | Posted 03.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Noah Michelson

In honor of my dad, Robert Michelson, one of the most incredible men who ever spent a little time on this planet -- and in honor of the pain and grief and wonder conjured by death -- I am sharing five things that I learned while helping him die.

HHS Secretary Sebelius Meets With LGBT Leaders

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

Earlier I asked you what you wanted me to say in the annual meeting with HHS Secretary Sebelius, now I'm back to report out on the meeting itself. Our top ask was for a clear prohibition on overt discrimination in health care.

The Truth About Heroes and Cancer

Kevin Lankes | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

If you think someone is a hero for surviving cancer, or courageous, or inspiring, then you're part of the problem. You're doing it wrong. Anyone can survive cancer. And anyone can die from it.

Better Out Than In

Alex Niles | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Alex Niles

My life lately has been that bottle, with each bubble of carbonation representing something in my life that I let fester, but would better serve me out than in. On September 10th, 2013, at age 30, I was diagnosed with Stage IV gastric cancer.

Women Changing the Way We Think About Our Boobs: Mary Ann Wasil

Anna Musky-Goldwyn | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact
Anna Musky-Goldwyn

At 39-years-old, Mary Ann was a mother of three and found a lump on her breast. After her diagnosis, she required immediate chemotherapy. How does a woman like herself end up with an organization that not only empowers women, but is changing the way we think about breast health?

Helping a Man with Cancer Finish a Project with His Son

James Calder | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
James Calder

. I have no idea what I personally would do if I found out I had cancerous tumors all over my body, but I am sure once I reached a goal I would accept a little help to get there and get there a little faster.

The Other Side of Cancer

Stephanie Sliekers | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sliekers

I am no longer sick. I am well. That isn't the case for some of my closest friends and family. Because I'm 'well,' and perhaps because I'm still desperate to make sense of my own senseless diagnosis, I assign myself responsibility to them.

An Impossible Choice

Advita Fund | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Advita Fund

Last week Russian forces entered Crimea under the pretense of protecting Russian nationals, despite no evidence of violence whatsoever. This week th...

The Loneliness of Cancer

Lisa Masters | Posted 05.06.2014 | Women
Lisa Masters

I am by nature an optimist. I am strong. I usually keep the sadness of myself to myself. I tell you that I'm not terminal and that I believe a cure will be found in time. I so want that to be true. I have Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer.

The One Song Every Cancer Patient Should Imbibe

Dan Duffy | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Dan Duffy

When we started The Half Fund, our goal was to lift the veil on cancer. We always feel that knowledge is power, and information is a pretty good equal...