The Seed of Hope sculpture commissioned by the Cancer Institute from Little Rock artist and University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor Michael Warrick, is not only a work of art but also a symbol of hope.

Each survivor, on his or her final day of active treatment, is given two seed-shaped tokens. They are then invited to toss one into the vessel-like sculpture and to keep one for themselves as a reminder of their survivorship. Or, if they choose, can pass the second token along to someone else facing a challenge.

Latest Seed of Hope Patient Stories

  • John Lowry | Bladder Cancer SurvivorOctober 25, 2018

    John Lowry Bladder cancer survivor

    “At first, I thought I had kidney stones. I was passing blood and went to see my primary care physician, who suggested I see a urologist. I was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the bladder, which is a rare and aggressive type of cancer. Thankfully, it had not spread to my lymph nodes, so…

  • Britany Fleetwood | Chronic Myeloid Leukemia SurvivorOctober 25, 2018

    Britany Fleetwood

    “In early 2017, I woke up with a swollen neck. My doctor did some blood tests and sent me to see an oncologist in Rogers. That’s where I was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. After I came to UAMS, my condition entered the acute phase and became very aggressive. The chemo was long and very…

  • Robin Robinson | Cancer SurvivorSeptember 24, 2018

    Robin Robinson Cancer survivor

    “My sister is a registered nurse. I called and told her I was having problems, and she told me to go to the emergency room at UAMS. I walked in there on Friday and the following Thursday I was diagnosed with cancer. They started my treatment right then and four months later I’m cancer free.…

  • Robert Pool | Soft Tissue Sarcoma SurvivorSeptember 13, 2018

    Robert Pool Soft tissue sarcoma survivor

    “I had a lump on my arm and went to the doctor in Mountain Home. He did a biopsy and saw that it was cancer. He operated on it, but we found out later that he didn’t get it all. Then, that doctor helped us transfer to UAMS where I saw Dr. Corey Montgomery. He…

  • Christy Harrison | Breast Cancer SurvivorSeptember 13, 2018

    Christy Harrison Breast cancer survivor

    “Today was my eighth and final chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. I was diagnosed the Monday after Easter 2018. I had been at another treatment facility and had some pathology reports that showed the cancer was in my lymph nodes. However, we didn’t know where the primary cancer was located. I got an appointment to…

  • Therrell R. Mullens | Bladder Cancer SurvivorSeptember 13, 2018

    Therrell R. Mullens Bladder cancer survivor

    “I thought I had a bladder infection and made an appointment with a urologist near my home. I had to wait two months to see him, and when I did he told me I needed surgery. He operated a week later, and then I had to make a choice on where to go for further…

  • Gwen Kleiser | Breast Cancer SurvivorSeptember 13, 2018

    Gwen Kleiser Breast cancer survivor

    “It’s been a roller coaster since I was diagnosed on Nov. 20, 2017. I’ve been through all the emotions. The sadness. The 'why me?' The anger. But then I turned it over to God and said, 'This journey is what you chose for me. Hold my hand and lead the way.' He led me here.…

  • Dorothy Dowery | Ovarian Cancer SurvivorSeptember 5, 2018

    Dorothy Dowery Ovarian cancer survivor

    “Today is my last chemo treatment, praise the Lord. I was diagnosed in November 2017 and received treatment for six months. I’m in a whirlwind, and I haven’t landed yet. My sisters, Patricia and Barbara, and sister-by-friendship, Pam, came with me today. My church family and my husband have been there for me through this…

  • Rene Jones | Throat Cancer SurvivorJuly 20, 2018

    Rene Jones

    “I would describe myself as blessed. I had a sore throat for five weeks that wouldn’t go away. After I began having difficulty breathing, I taken by ambulance to the hospital in Russellville. After some testing they diagnosed me with COPD and asthma and sent me home with antibiotics and steroids. After two weeks, the…

  • Jerry Frazier | Multiple Myeloma SurvivorJune 4, 2018

    Jerry Frazier

    “UAMS is an excellent place. I really don’t want to leave. This is my family. I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in Texarkana and came to UAMS on Sept. 17, 2014. When I got here, I was almost paralyzed. I was admitted to the hospital for three weeks and two days as soon as I…

  • Donna Duckworth | Multiple Myeloma SurvivorMay 21, 2018

    Duckworth

    “It has truly been a journey in my life, of my life and for my life. I first need to give thanks to the Almighty God for his amazing divine covering and healing. I want to thank my doctor for his commitment to my health care and his patience in dealing with me. I also…

  • Deric Colclough | Throat Cancer SurvivorMay 21, 2018

    Deric Colclough Throat cancer survivor

    “It all started back in October 2017. I noticed I had a knot on my throat. Being so hard headed, I let it go on. In January, I decided to come to the doctor and that’s when they told me I had throat cancer. They set up appointments here at the Cancer Institute starting in…

  • Dale Bizzell | Colon Cancer SurvivorMay 21, 2018

    Dale Bozzell Colon cancer survivor

    “I knew I was sick three or four years ago, but being hard headed I wouldn’t give up. When I finally went to the doctor in DeQueen, she told me to go to the hospital in Nashville because I needed some blood. She said I didn’t have enough blood to be walking around. When I…

  • Gloria Partney | Breast Cancer SurvivorMay 9, 2018

    Gloria Partney Breast cancer survivor

    “I feel very good knowing I came such a long way after finding out I had cancer of the breast. The team at UAMS has been great and has seen me through the hardest times in my life. The nurses are wonderful, and the doctors are just fantastic. Now I’m cancer free and I feel…

  • Karen Hisel | Lung Cancer SurvivorMay 9, 2018

    Karen Hisel Lung cancer survivor

    “This is my third year being free from lung cancer! I never thought I would have lung cancer. Of course, no one ever expects anything like that. My doctor is the wonderful Dr. Steliga. He is a fabulous surgeon. His team is fabulous. UAMS is fabulous. Honestly, I’m alive today because of them. I thank…

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