Aug 13, 2020

An Extra Layer of Support

“I have so much to take care of,” says Judy Fuwell when she reflects on life after her cancer diagnosis. Judy, a devoted mother and grandmother, was diagnosed with cancer in her appendix in 2012. Her appendix was removed, but the cancer spread. Five years after her first surgery, she had mucinous adenocarcinoma—cancerous tumors lining her gastrointestinal tract.

Aug 11, 2020

Call Her Quiet Thunder: Breast Cancer Didn't Slow Down this Cyclist

“I ended up saying yes to a whole lot more and doing lots of different things," says Jen Diederich, breast cancer survivor and cyclist. For Jen, her bicycle races have lead to much more than ribbons.

Aug 03, 2020

Kicking Cancer in His Cowboy Boots

Monte Bona was “raised to be a cowboy.” Born in Payson, Utah, he grew up in a small farming community with his parents and five siblings. In 2009 at the age of 71, he was diagnosed with lymphoma. The year 2020 marks more than 11 years since Monte’s diagnosis and treatment. Now in his 80s and after more than a decade of follow-ups, he’s still in the clear.

Jul 15, 2020

Working with a Purpose: Staff Member and Cancer Patient

Debby Rogers was a dynamic member of the Huntsman Cancer Institute Communications and Public Affairs Office. She was on staff for just two years before she passed away due to complications from cancer, but in that time she cultivated many friendships, built trust, and found inspiring stories about patients and the people at HCI working to eradicate cancer.

Jun 29, 2020

Thriving, Not Just Surviving, with Metastatic Breast Cancer

“When you get diagnosed with a terminal cancer, you have to decide how you’re going to live with a disease. It doesn’t have to stop you from doing things, but you do have to choose how to live.”

Jun 25, 2020

A Kidney Cancer Survivor and His Dog Give Back

As Jim Pehkonen walks through the corridors of Huntsman Cancer Institute, tapping feet and claws sound down the hallway. With his small brown dog, Luna, he is instantly recognized. They are a famous duo who come to comfort patients and staff. Though most don’t recognize Jim without Luna, he once frequented the same hallways as a cancer patient.

Jun 19, 2020

Hope for the Future a Decade after Melanoma

If you’d asked him more than a decade ago, Doug never would have guessed he’d make it into his fifties, preparing to welcome his seventh grandchild into the world. In 2006, he was diagnosed with an extremely rare, extremely deadly type of cancer: desmoplastic melanoma, a skin cancer that “doesn’t play fair” because it lacks pigment and is difficult to diagnose.

Jun 09, 2020

Huntsman SportsFest: More Than Just a Virtual Event

With each pedal stroke, step forward, and dollar raised, individuals and teams are helping us support cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute. The Huntsman SportsFest is more than an endurance event bringing runners, walkers, and cyclists together for an athletic challenge. It is a day dedicated to seeing a cancer-free world.