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We invite you to share your story to help raise awareness. If you have been or are being treated for cancer at Duke or if you are a caregiver, we'd like to know how cancer care, research or clinical trials at Duke has affected your life. Are you a donor? If so, please consider sharing you story. Tell us why you choose to team up with Duke Cancer Institute. For more information or to share your story, please contact Sara Wajda, Director of Annual Giving, DCI Development.

#MyDukeCancerStory: Young Designer Reimagines Life After Cancer

In May 2015, Shannon Voelkel graduated with a business administration degree from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. After graduation, she rented an apartment in the port city and started her “dream job” working for a well-known interior design firm. A year-and-a-half later she would...

Amplifying The Patient Voice

It’s something that has happened to all of us; you arrive on time for your 10:30 a.m. doctor’s appointment and wait an hour, only to have the doctor spend 15 minutes with you. Doctors are busy people. THOMAS LEBLANC, MD , is no different, but early in his career as a medical student, he took...

#MyDukeCancerStory: Woman of Steel

Roshanda “Wyndi” Smith, who runs a stainless-steel jewelry business, is living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer — staying strong in spirit, even on her weakest days. She said she’s “realistic” about her future, having gone through “the five stages of grief” after she first learned, seven years...

Locks of Love

Leslie Love, 59, has been volunteering with the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program for more than 11 years now, assisting patients in the chemo room at the Morris Cancer Clinic. She never thought that she would flip to the other side. But in November 2014, she was diagnosed with breast cancer...

Victorious, Giving Back Seems Right For This Cancer Survivor

From cancer diagnosis, through treatment, recovery and survivorship, Ryan Switzer hasn’t stopped raising awareness and funds to ensure that others receive the same Duke quality cancer care that he and his family received Switzer was 37 in July 2012 when he was diagnosed with stage 2 rectal cancer...

Sustenance for the Cause

Durham chef Scott Howell has been throwing the annual "Nana's Dinner" to benefit the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program for so many years, he can’t quite remember how it got started. He recalls that one of his regular customers at Nana’s, his upscale restaurant near Duke University, asked him...

The Silver Lining in a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Like many women, Jean Costa found her breast cancer diagnosis to be the beginning of a journey. During Jean Costa's treatment at the Duke Cancer Center, she was grateful for the support she received from the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program (DCSP). So grateful, in fact, that when she finished...