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The vestiges of war

Vietnam veteran Patrick Wilson, a former smoker, underwent surgery for lung cancer—only to learn he had an enlarged aorta, too.

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‘The future is bright’

Hope Looyenga plans for a bright, cancer-free future.

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‘They only gave me 6 to 9 months’

When stomachaches turned out to be the worst form of pancreatic cancer, Tricia Johnson found hope in a targeted clinical trial treatment.

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‘I get back much more than I give’

A cancer survivor finds new purpose.

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A bolder voice

Amid a second bout of breast cancer, Kathy Shoemaker's faith has become stronger than ever.

‘I love this job’

While proud of the tremendous growth of Spectrum Health during his 18 years of leadership, President and CEO Rick Breon is ready to embrace retirement life.

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An early catch

A patient’s girlfriend helped create the screening program that later played a key role in saving his life.

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Falling into place

Breast cancer survivor Mary Rottier has joined forces with her therapy dogs to deliver a message of hope and healing.

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An unexpected blessing

An artist balances the challenges of chemotherapy with the excitement of her first entry in ArtPrize.

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‘Such a ray of hope for us’

Benny Boes gets access to an experimental drug for brain cancer, thanks to efforts by a cancer doctor, drug company and insurer.

‘We choose to live an awesome life’

As Benny Boes battles a brain tumor, he and his wife, Elise, plan to triumph over cancer by focusing on family time and making memories.

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