Grit Story: Robert B. from Avon, IN

I was busy trying to provide for my family, but was losing weight rapidly and very fatigued. I discovered I had Stage IV colon cancer that had traveled to my bladder and prostate. I had major surgery 3 months after the diagnosis leaving me with an urostomy and an iliostomy. Things were going OK until I had an aneurysm […]

Grit Story: Tami W. from Greenville, CA

After months of pain on my right side and several doctor appointments, I went back to the doctor to tell him something was very wrong, I hurt and we had to find out what was it was, no more guessing. My official diagnosis was pancreatic cancer, Adenocarcinoma, Stage 2B. I was no longer fighting a tumor, […]

Donald S. from Townsend, MT

My cancer was found after an X-ray in July of 2016. I have stage 4 Leiomyosarcoma in my chest cavity. I’ve had chemotherapy and radiation. If you feel something that isn’t right, get it checked! It could save your life. John Wayne has always been my hero and his organization, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, […]

Grit Story: Bill S. from Lansing, MI

I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when I was four years old. I received rounds of chemotherapy for the next three years. For anyone currently going through a battle with cancer, I would say that the shots and procedures don’t get any easier, but you will find a way to get through it every time. I’m […]

Grit Story: Donald R. from Eaton, OH

My family doctor requested I go in for a chest x-ray because of breathing problems. The x-ray showed a mass on my left lung so I had a biopsy that came back cancerous. I ended up having 30 radiation treatments and 10 chemo treatments. The mass has gotten smaller and my breathing has improved. In the last 8 […]

Grit Story: Jennifer C. from Newport Coast, CA

Last February, I had my annual mammogram. A few years ago I started getting ultrasound scans at the same time as my mammogram because I have dense breast tissue. My ultra sound technician found a suspicious spot. The radiologist confirmed it was suspicious and said the next step would be a biopsy. Biopsy results came […]

Grit Story: James S. from Baxley, GA

I had a knot on my neck and went to the ER. After the doctor completed an X-ray and blood work, it was confirmed I had stage 3 Lymphoma and stage 4 testicular cancer. I went through extensive chemotherapy, surgeries and two stem cell transplants. My family, friends and fellow patients were a helpful support system. I kept […]

Grit Story: Scott P. from Sicklerville, NJ

I was going to a GI Specialist and being checked every 2 years for 10 years because I had Barrett’s Esophagus due to acid re-flux. As it progressed, I was being checked once a year for about 5 years. At the last check-up, a biopsy was done of suspicious tissue on my esophagus. The results […]

Grit Story: Sherry R. from Gaylord, MI

My grandson, Alex, lost his leg to cancer a week after his 14th birthday.  He soon got his practice prosthetic and played football. This year he plans on swimming and wrestling. I never heard him once say ”Why me?” I would like to thank the John Wayne Cancer Foundation for helping others. John Wayne has always been my […]

Grit Story: Siema S. from Cleaveland, TN.

I was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. After consultation with my surgeon and Oncologist, and because one lymph node was compromised, I was recommended for Chemo. I believe that my children at home and my students kept me fighting despite chemo and the effects. I continued to work and decided that cancer would not […]