Grit Story: Rick W. from Bend, OR


I was first diagnosed with testicular cancer in my late 20’s and later on was diagnosed with lymphoma. I went through chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. I’ve been free of cancer since. The biggest change I made during my diagnosis was my humor. I no longer take life so seriously that I forget to laugh. When I share with others, I remind them that cancer can be beaten. Share the good times, cook that indulging meal, eat ice cream and have fun. John Wayne inspired me to fight cancer by never giving up.

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  1. Cindy Schlotz October 1, 2016 Reply

    I too went through cancer and beat it!!! I had stage 4 Melanoma with met. to the brain. I was told after having Gama Knife Radiation that there was nothing more that could be done for me. A friend told me about John Wayne Cancer Foundation and a wonderful Dr. there. I went and was given hope for the first time. It has now been 15 years that I have been cancer free, I have been able to travel the world, see my grandchildren born, enjoy life to the fullest!!! I have also been able to talk to so many people about my journey with cancer and help them with their fight. Thank you JWCF and all the nurses and Dr.s who were always so kind to myself and my husband during our time with you.

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