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While preparing Thanksgiving dinner with her mother, Conjetta mentioned that she had been unable to breathe through her left nostril for a few months and the prescribed medication she was given for a “sinus infection” was not working. Her mother suggested she go to an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor. Conjetta also noticed that her left eye kept tearing and running constantly. One morning, she woke up with what looked like a classic black eye. She made that appointment with the ENT doctor.

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The Heart of a Champion: How This Little Girl Fights Aggressive Cancer

As 2015 dawned, Jillian Reed was a normal, seemingly healthy 10-year-old girl living with her parents in Anderson, Indiana. No one could have imagined how the next two months would change Jillian’s life and that of her loved ones. On February 11, 2015, Jillian went for an annual eye exam. She expressed having severe headaches and shoulder pain at the time. The eye doctor conducted a Retina exam and discovered that Jillian’s optic nerves were swollen. The eye doctor also believed the shoulder pain to be caused from excess fluid on the spine. The eye doctor referred the Reed family to seek additional tests, and, on February 12, Jillian was taken to Riley Children’s Hospital for examination. The results of the tests performed at Riley that day would change the course of the entire Reed family’s life.

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How Joel McCarville Survived and Grew from His Trial by Fire

After being seriously burned and staying in the Tulsa, Oklahoma Burn Center for six weeks, Joel determined he would not give up on life. Although the doctors said he might never have adequate use of his hands again, today these are the instruments he plays: violin, trombone, bass fiddle, piano, guitar, and bass guitar. Joel has overcome so many obstacles and now plays in church services every Sunday. He also visits nursing homes, voluntarily, to play and sing for the residents who are always happy to see him come.

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Julie Ann Mills-Testi – Winner Against the Odds

Julie Ann has defied the odds to become an accomplished artist and a wonderful wife and mother. There’s nothing confined about artist Julie Ann Mills-Testi. Not her bold mouth brush strokes, her passion for “dancing” through her art or her…

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Lynn Lynum, Survivor in Need — Success!

The story of my friend, Lynn Lynum, begins in High School when he was shot twice in the back in a drive-by shooting and was given three days to live. As he lay there dying, Lynn prayed that God would heal him. Shortly thereafter, he was released from the hospital.
The day Lynn graduated from High School his parents packed his bags and told him that he was a man now and had to provide for himself and that he had to find a job and his own place to live. “I did not like that they did this to me, but what could I do?” said Lynn. So at 18 with no place to live and no source of income or food, Lynn went to live with an Aunt for about a month until he could get into campus housing at Cal Poly Pomona, CA. Lynn was his Aunt’s favorite nephew and he credits the incident as a character building experience. “It made me what I am today, a man that can stand on his own.”

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Bonny Diver — From Cancer Victim to Caregiver

Although never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Bonny Diver’s horse gave her the best gift of all—the gift of a second chance at life. Bonny Diver is a well-known radio personality in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2003, she fell off her horse and broke her shoulder. While inspecting the damage, she happened to discover a robin’s egg-sized lump on her breast. “It put me in shock because every woman is warned about a “lump.” That means cancer, and cancer means death.”

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Yogesh Pathak – Miracle Survivor Wages War on Cancer

Yogesh Pathak and his daughter Jhanavi are trying to make a substantial difference for those facing cancer. Both know first-hand how emotionally, physically and financially draining a cancer diagnosis is for both the patient and the caregiver. Born out of a teenage daughter’s love for her father and a father’s resolve to beat the odds, Jhanavi and Yogesh have created the soon-to-be 501(c)3 non-profit, The War on Cancer Foundation.

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Terry the Unstoppable

 

The morning of August 23rd, 2010 started as a beautiful summer day.  Terry’s mom, Terry, and Terry’s little sister Alayna were in Ohio visiting family and were only twenty minutes into their six hour drive back to their home in West Virginia when they collided head-on with another vehicle at fifty-five miles-per-hour.
After surgeries on Terry’s spleen, spine, and abdomen, Terry was in the ICU room of Toledo’s Children’s Hospital for over a week before he was told that he was now paralyzed from the waist down.   Terry went through shock …

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Bart Saidel — Facing and Fighting the Ongoing Challenges of Cancer

When Bart Saidel of Cherry Hill, NJ was diagnosed with testicular cancer in the Fall of 2005, family and friends offered unending support to Bart — a devoted husband and father of three children, senior account executive, and soccer/baseball coach — as he faced chemotherapy and surgery. Close friends even shaved their heads.

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