Celebrating Life and Hope


November 8, 2016

Pat Longinotti | Throat Cancer Survivor

Pat Longinotti Throat Cancer Survivor with Head & Neck Surgeon Emre Vural, M.D.

Celebrating Life & Hope “When you have cancer, you have to stay positive and surround yourself with positive people. Stick with your treatment, no matter how tough it is. You’ve got to keep moving forward. I’ve been through challenges before, and I saw this cancer diagnosis as a bump in the road. It made me…


September 30, 2016

Tami Risinger | Breast Cancer Survivor

Tami Risinger Breast Cancer Survivor With Breast Surgeon Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D.

Celebrating Life & Hope “Cancer taught me that it’s not about what you get in life; it’s about what you give. My life isn’t centered on me anymore. It’s focused on what I can do for other people. This experience has totally changed me for the better. When you go through a challenge like cancer,…


September 1, 2016

Valerie Brown | Throat Cancer Survivor

Valerie Brown Throat Cancer Survivor

Celebrating Life & Hope “After having chemo and radiation for throat cancer, I was in a lot of pain. I was referred to Dr. Harrington at the Palliative Care Clinic in the hopes that she could help get my pain under control. She found a medication that works for me, and, by the grace of…


July 29, 2016

Ken Partain | Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivor

Ken Partain Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivor With Kent Westbrook, M.D.

Celebrating Life & Hope “About 14 years ago, my leg started swelling. I didn’t pay much attention to it, but my wife was concerned. She called my long-time friend Kent Westbrook at UAMS. He set me up for a battery of tests, and ultimately I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. While I was undergoing treatment,…


June 1, 2016

Mary R. Hunt | Breast Cancer Survivor

Mary R. Hunt Breast Cancer Survivor

Celebrating Life & Hope “I grew up as one of five sisters and two brothers in a very close-knit family. We have a strong faith and get tremendous support from our church and each other. Over the years, each of my sisters and I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. We lost our youngest sister…


May 2, 2016

Lindsay Hale-Bender | Leiomyosarcoma and Breast Cancer Survivor

Lindsay Hale-Bender Leiomyosarcoma and Breast Cancer Survivor With Breast Surgeon Daniela Ochoa, M.D.

A Celebration of Life and Hope “Having cancer completely changed my life. There are a lot of young survivors out there, and many of them are scared and alone. I’ve poured my heart into lifting up other young women and showing them they can beat this. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my younger…


April 1, 2016

Kenny Hall | Leukemia Survivor

Kenny Hall Leukemia Survivor With Hematologist Oncologist Peter Emanuel, M.D.

A Celebration of Life and Hope “Cancer forces you to put life in its proper perspective. During my extended hospital stays for chemo and a stem cell transplant, I decided I could either lie in bed and worry or I could embrace the fact that I was alive and had things to enjoy, even in…


March 2, 2016

Betty Fortner | Fallopian Tube and Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Betty Fortner and Dr. Kristin Zorn

A Celebration of Life and Hope “About two years ago, I participated in a voluntary screening at my annual mammogram and was found to have the BRCA1 gene mutation, which increases my risk for developing breast, ovarian and other types of cancer. I wanted to discuss my options with a gynecologic oncologist and made an…


February 1, 2016

Brad Westbrook | Rectal Cancer Survivor

Brad Westbrook and Dr. Rang Govin

Celebrating Life & Hope “Don’t let cancer change your world. You have to keep on living and doing the things you enjoy. When I was diagnosed at age 43, the cancer had already spread to my liver. Almost five years later, I had a spot removed from my lung. Through it all I’ve kept a…


January 4, 2016

Judy Lamb – Breast, Bone and Lung Cancer Survivor

Celebrating Life & Hope “When I had polio as a child, my mother never put limits on me. She made me believe anything is possible. So when I was diagnosed with both advanced breast cancer and lung cancer in 2013, I didn’t give up. Even when treatment was hard, I did what I had to…



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