Kelly Lee is a firm believer that everyone should have an inner superhero. It just so happens that her alter ego wears colorful tutus and military boots.
“Clark Kent has Superman. Kelly Lee has TuTu Girl,” she declares proudly.
Donning colorful tutus is how the 51-year-old legal assistant channeled a strength she didn’t know she possessed during one of the most difficult periods of her life—a breast cancer diagnosis and the year of treatment that followed. Read more.
Every Monday, Diana Whitmire drives to Willamette Valley Cancer Institute's RiverBend clinic in Springfield. Her standing appointment is not with her doctor—Diana's been cancer-free for 6 months—instead, she's there to meet with other patients.
Diana volunteers at the Cancer Resource Center at RiverBend, a partnership between WVCI and the American Cancer Society.
"I have the ability to help brighten a patient's day by connecting them with resources and information," Diana says. "It's huge for me to have the opportunity to do that." Read more.
Trenda Dominguez is grateful every day—grateful to assist patients though her job as a scheduler for Willamette Valley Cancer Institute's gynecologic oncology department and grateful to call herself a cancer survivor.
Nearly ten years ago, at age 35 and just after the birth of her son, Trenda was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Read more.
If someone had told Dan Johnston last year that he would compete in a triathlon, he'd have said they were crazy. But, this weekend, Dan will compete at the Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival in Sunriver, Oregon.
"I never imagined doing a triathlon in my life. Honestly, I thought it sounded awful," Dan says. "It blows my mind that I'm able to do this. Read more.
When Fred Wittkop spoke at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute's Cancer Survivors Celebration earlier this month, he wanted those in attendance to know one thing: when it comes to cancer, having a positive attitude is critical.
"The reality is you cannot control certain things that happen to you," Fred says. "You have to snap out of your funk and figure out what you're going to do next." Read more.