Alice Jarrett | Uterine Cancer Survivor

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“I am overjoyed, empowered and blessed! I’m also overwhelmed by all the support and love I felt from the Cancer Institute staff who came to celebrate my Seed of Hope ceremony. Some of them I had never even met. Since I was diagnosed in 2014, I’ve started living life to the fullest. I’m enjoying time with my family and making … Read More

Wilbert Bates | Osteosarcoma Survivor

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“When you’re going through cancer treatment you have to keep your chin up and do what your doctors tell you. I was diagnosed five years ago with osteosarcoma, and now I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of my life. Having cancer made me value my life and appreciate having the energy to do the things I love. Now I … Read More

Debra Reece | Lung Cancer Survivor

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“I was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2011. My sister and my children gave me a lot of support during my treatment. You can’t give up. Going through this experience has made me feel like you can overcome anything, cancer or otherwise. I wake up each morning with the motivation to get the most out of every day, and … Read More

Richard Schmill | Glioblastoma survivor

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“Don’t look at cancer as the end. How you live your life day to day is important. You have to say to yourself, ‘I’m not going to give in to this cancer.’ This experience has made me more compassionate about other people’s lives and illnesses. I smile more and value life. I got to hold my newest granddaughter last week. … Read More

Charlotte Rhoda | Ovarian cancer survivor

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“I would say today is one of the most significant moments of my cancer treatment. The Seed of Hope ceremony made me feel very special and loved. Dr. Burnett and his staff made us all feel safe and like we’re part of their family during this whole experience. When you’re going through cancer you just have to keep your chin … Read More

Jewell and Vivian McAfee

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Jewell McAfee – “I was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus five years ago. I couldn’t eat or drink and was on a feeding tube. For weeks, I couldn’t even swallow my own saliva. My doctor referred me to Dr. Matthew Steliga at UAMS for surgery. I also had radiation and chemotherapy. Now, I’m doing great. You just have to … Read More

Daphne Taylor | Brain cancer

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Brain cancer survivor Daphne Taylor (left) with her mom and brother.

Brain cancer survivor Daphne Taylor (left) with her mom and sister. “I have been through four years of treatment for brain cancer. Today was my last day of radiation! When I woke up this morning I was so happy. I woke up my mom so we could leave early, and I brought four stuffed animals with me. We live in … Read More