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  • Airman donates bone marrow to stranger in need

    She was in the midst of Air Force technical training in 2015 when she heard shattering news that echoed throughout her family. Her three-year-old cousin, Benaiah, was diagnosed with Leukemia. 2nd Lieutenant Ashlyn Zurek, 7th Force Support Squadron career development officer in charge, and her family

  • Schriever breast cancer survivor stresses prevention

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual international campaign organized to increase awareness of the disease, educate people about the importance of early screening, and offer support to those affected. Tech. Sgt. Jamie Ruíz, 21st Medical Squadron technician, was diagnosed with

  • Cadet's resiliency helps in battle against cancer

    Parker Hammond was in the best shape of his life.The Air Force Academy cadet had recently completed a challenging global obstacle race and rebounded after a string of sports injuries ended his Falcon football career.But cancer doesn’t discriminate.During his junior year, Hammond found a lump on his

  • National Nurses Week: Capt. Stephanie Smiddy

    A cancer diagnosis can leave patients reeling, frightened and uncertain of the future, especially when it is an aggressive form of cancer or one that doesn’t respond to traditional treatments. This is the state many patients are in when the first meet Capt. Stephanie Smiddy, the infection control

  • My cancer is not my crutch

    “I’ll never forget the day the doctor came into the waiting room, looked through the window of my soul and said, ‘you have cancer’. Four days later I was on the surgery table so he could save my life.”Those are the three words that Master Sgt. Christofer Galbadores, 821st Contingency Response

  • Resilient Airman lives each day as a blessing

    Diagnosed with cancer twice and having undergone a major heart surgery has not slowed down retired Master Sgt. Daryl McFadden one bit. On the contrary, it has been his daily reminder to be thankful and to live life to the fullest.

  • David Grant Medical Center tests advanced cancer treatment

    The Y-90 radioembolization is an advanced and minimally invasive method utilized for this disease by delivering millions of tiny radioactive beads inside the blood vessels that feed a tumor. The high dose of targeted radiation prospectively kills the tumor while sparing normal tissue. This was the

  • Airman defeats cancer, prepares for deployment

    Imagine waking up to a typical day, only to find out your entire life was about to change after one simple doctor’s appointment.For Staff Sgt. Danielle Galich, 40th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules loadmaster, this became a reality upon learning she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 34 years

  • Focusing on open doors and new beginnings

    Since her diagnosis with multiple myeloma in 2014, Kimberly Branche, 944th Fighter Wing human resource technician, has used the experience to recognize and act on new opportunities while helping other cancer survivors shift toward the positive possibilities in their own lives.

  • Breast reconstruction can aid psychological healing

    More breast cancer patients are becoming breast cancer survivors. But that survival sometimes comes at the cost of losing part or all of a breast – sometimes both breasts. That’s where reconstructive surgery comes in.

  • More women are winning the battle against breast cancer

    Thanks to improvements in detection and treatment, “more and more breast cancer patients are becoming breast cancer survivors,” said Army Col. Craig Shriver, director of the John P. Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. “We’re making strong