Sep 30, 2020

My Mammogram Saved My Life

Jessica Rivera doesn't have any family history or risk factors for breast cancer. But when she turned 40 she scheduled her first screening mammogram, never expecting the results to come back positive. Jessica hopes to help other women by sharing her story and urging them to get their mammograms. “Cancer is still happening. It doesn’t care that we have a pandemic. I wish it did because we all feel like we have a full plate right now. But I believe with all my heart that my mammogram saved my life. Get your mammograms. Regardless.”

Sep 25, 2020

This Childhood Cancer Patient Is One Tough Princess

Holly was six years old when she was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma. Her treatment involved 39 radiation treatments at Huntsman Cancer Institute and 14 rounds of chemotherapy at Primary Children’s Hospital. All the while, Holly found ways to feel strong. She became an expert hand washer in order to help her immune system. She learned to take care of her own port. She weighed in on decisions about her treatment options.

Sep 24, 2020

A Leukemia Survivor Returns the Care He Received

Back when he was 19, Trey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a blood cancer that affects the immune system. Trey's experience with his nurses while he was in treatment inspired him to go to nursing school. Now he works in the blood and marrow transplant unit at HCI.

Sep 14, 2020

Small-Town Pride: A Grandma’s Lasting Legacy

I was 16 when I first heard the term downwinder. I didn’t know what it meant, just that my beloved grandma was one. As an adult, I learned it referred to the people who lived down wind of the nuclear testing in Nevada. They had been exposed to high levels of radiation and many were diagnosed with cancer because of it. It meant the small town my grandmother adored and raised her children in was to blame for her cancer diagnosis.

Sep 10, 2020

No Easy Path on Her Ovarian Cancer Journey

Two years before her cancer diagnosis, Laura began experiencing chronic digestive problems and abdominal pain. These symptoms can indicate many different diseases, and given that she was in her 30s, cancer seemed unlikely. It took four misdiagnoses, one removed gall bladder, and the continued vigilance of both Laura and her husband, Bryce to learn that Laura’s ongoing pain and discomfort was actually ovarian cancer.

Sep 03, 2020

All Americans Are Downwinders – A Cancer Survivor Speaks Out

I am a downwinder. Like many Americans, I grew up under the clouds of fallout from nuclear testing. My hope is those of us who understand the tragedy of nuclear weapons demand that the mistakes of the past never be repeated. If we learned anything from being the involuntary subjects of atomic testing, it is that we all live downwind.

Aug 28, 2020

One Family's Investment in HCI's Mission

In 2015, Rich and Vicki Linton lost their beloved daughter-in-law, Alisa, after a prolonged battle with an aggressive form of melanoma. The entire Linton family is committed to help HCI eradicate cancer from the face of the earth. They are passionate about funding research so that one day, no one else will be lost to this horrible disease.

Aug 24, 2020

Going the Distance in a Race with Prostate Cancer

On and off-road motorcycles, fuel dragsters, hydroplane boats, sail boats, power boats, bicycles, and now cars: J.R. Smith has raced all of these. After a cancer diagnosis in 2019, he decided to use that racing experience for a cause. He formed Team Fight Cancer with several other cancer patients. Their mission? To inspire others and demonstrate how teamwork and support help cancer survivors make the most of their lives.