May 18, 2022

Is Being Tan Worth Dying For? Perspectives on Beauty from a Melanoma Survivor

Dr. Lexie Kite grew up believing tan skin was the height of beauty, but after receiving a melanoma diagnosis at 29, she realized the error of her thinking. Now cancer-free and a leading expert in the field of body image resilience, Dr. Kite wants to share what she learned so other girls and women can learn from her experiences.

May 16, 2022

You Can't Do It Alone: Talking About Caregiver Burnout

Shay Wright became a full-time caregiver to her husband, Tanner, when he was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer. A visit to her therapist helped her realize she was experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout. By asking for help, both Tanner and Shay improved their physical and mental health.

Apr 29, 2022

Social Worker Shares Story about Tongue Cancer

As a social worker at Huntsman Cancer Institute, Karen Jensen saw the daily impact doctors and care team members made on patients. Those firsthand experiences provided her with comfort when she was diagnosed recently with tongue cancer. She knew that being here was the best place she could possibly be.

Apr 15, 2022

A Huntsman Hero: Matt Elizondo Driven by Service to Others

Matt Elizondo works as a registered nurse and spent 10 years in the military. After cancer treatment, he continues to go above and beyond in service to others, cycling with Huntsman Heroes and raising money for cancer research.

Mar 01, 2022

Dealing with a Daughter’s Cancer Diagnosis: One Family’s Story

Imagine your child is diagnosed with cancer. How would you react? When Sarah Bresee’s 11-year old daughter, Emma, was told she had Ewing sarcoma, a family’s world was turned upside down. Luckily, Huntsman Cancer Institute provides a mix of highly trained medical specialists using innovative technology and child life specialists supporting families during trying times.

Mar 01, 2022

Strong Arms Around You Always: Sigma Chi

When University of Utah student Josh Dunn was diagnosed with brain cancer, he remembered something his Sigma Chi brothers always said: “There are strong arms around you always, no matter where you are.” Josh’s story, and this quote, spurred his fellow members of the Beta Epsilon chapter to raise over $120,000 for cancer research.

Jan 21, 2022

Bald Eagles and Chemo

Huntsman Cancer Institute patient Pam Montgomery suffered hair loss after chemotherapy treatment for stage III breast cancer. Some humor from her husband and a visit from a fine-feathered friend helped her feel more comfortable with her new appearance.

Nov 29, 2021

Dealing with Compassion Fatigue One Day at a Time

Shay Wright became full-time caregiver to her husband, Tanner, when he was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer in 2020 at the age of 25. A visit to her therapist helped her realize she was experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout. Taking small steps every day, she improved her physical and mental health.