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Scientist↔Survivor Program Advocate Stories

Cindy Chmielewski
Cindy Chmielewski

A retired educator diagnosed with multiple myeloma researched her illness and now uses social media to help others.

Schooling Herself – and Others – on Myeloma

Annie Ellis
Annie Ellis

She had symptoms for nine months and never thought it could be cancer. This ovarian cancer survivor, now in remission, takes an active role in making treatment decisions.

Taking Active Role in Making Treatment Decisions

Lori Marx-Rubiner
Lori Marx-Rubiner

Lori Marx-Rubiner views research as the key to new treatments that balance control of her cancer with a high quality of life.

Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Diane Nathaniel
Diane Nathaniel

School counselor Diane Nathaniel creates communities for herself and those around her in Brooklyn and beyond. Her colon cancer diagnosis at the age of 44 led her to patient advocacy.

A Sister’s Circle

Melanie Nix
Melanie Nix

After her own fight against cancer, Melanie Nix works to help other breast cancer patients and advocates in support of cancer research.

Overcoming Triple-negative Breast Cancer

Bob Ribbans
Bob Ribbans

When his melanoma spread, Bob turned to a clinical trial of an investigational, local immunotherapy called T-Vec.

Sleeping Well Thanks to Cancer Immunotherapy

Dicey Scroggins
Dicey Scroggins

After surviving ovarian cancer nearly two decades ago, Dicey Scroggins has worked to support others diagnosed with these often hard to detect cancers.

Spreading Awareness About Gynecological Cancers

Lanette Veres
Lanette Veres

Brain cancer survivor Lanette Veres sends cards and packages to others with the disease. She believes no one should face cancer alone.

Handle With Care

Jack Whelan
Jack Whelan

Diagnosed with a rare “not-yet-curable” blood cancer, Jack Whelan turned to clinical trials and forward-looking science as his best treatment options.

Invested in Cancer Research and Clinical Trials