Family ties remain strong even through cancer diagnosis

July 12, 2019

Jack Goldstein, 14, and his family had to make sacrifices when Jack was diagnosed with leukemia. But when Jack put his schoolwork and baseball training on hold, his family and friends were there to support him, first emotionally, and then by helping raise funds for UNC Lineberger, where he was being treated for cancer.

Grateful patient works with lab team to find cancer therapies

June 28, 2019

Once cancer treatment ends, hopefully with a clean bill of health, most patients hightail it away from the hospital, putting the endless batteries of tests, needle sticks and scans in their rearview mirror. So it’s a rare patient that returns of their own volition, and rarer still, becomes a lab volunteer. But that’s exactly what David Hesmer did.

A caring cancer community: mom, daughter support other pediatric patients

May 10, 2019

Lorelei Partin’s cancer journey has led her mom, Katie Ware, to discover a whole new community of friends and a hidden talent for fundraising along the way. Diagnosed two years ago, Lorelei cannot wait to ring the bell to mark the end of her leukemia treatments, but she’s going to miss the people at the N.C. Cancer Hospital’s Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic, including her doctor, UNC Lineberger’s Thomas Alexander, MD, MPH.

World traveler finds cancer is just another mountain to climb

February 25, 2019

For a seasoned traveler like Anita McAllister, you’d think exploring the mountainous terrain around Machu Picchu was the most memorable and challenging experience of her life. But a breast cancer diagnosis sent her on a new journey, one that has expanded her horizons beyond the mountains of Peru and has given her a new purpose. … Continued

Silverstein finds health, hope and freedom at UNC Lineberger

July 27, 2016

When Beth Silverstein tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation, she knew she had to make some tough decisions about her health. But she wasn’t alone. Her faith, her family and her multi-disciplinary health care team at UNC Lineberger were with her every step of the way.

“Life is good, I’m alive and I can move!”

April 26, 2016

At age 47, Debra Jackson was diagnosed with stage I adrenal cancer. Dr. Jen Jen Yeh was able to surgically remove all of Debra’s cancerous tumor, but was worried about her patient’s overall health and ability to recover. Now, three years later, Debra has lost 175 pounds, and is living healthy, happy and cancer-free.

From Pastor to Patient: Shay Greene

January 11, 2016

After years of providing spiritual guidance and counseling to UNC patients, many of whom had cancer, the tables turned on hospital chaplain Shay Greene. On Sept. 16, 2011, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Following a mastectomy, radiation, chemo and breast reconstruction, Greene says she was changed forever. Here, she tells the story of how a pen and paper became the tools that helped her move forward in her own faith and renewed her ministry to others who are going through cancer.

“It’s the wave of the future”

August 4, 2015

Phineas was diagnosed with leukemia at age four and was not responding to the standard course of treatment. Thanks to the heroic efforts of UNC doctors, he was enrolled in a T-cell immunotherapy trial at NIH, which brought him into remission, and he is now cancer-free. UNC Lineberger is now bringing this same “wave of the future” treatment to the people of North Carolina.

Who says you can’t go home?

July 20, 2015

Amy Charney had already registered to run the 2015 Boston Marathon when she was told she had breast cancer. But not even that diagnosis and active treatment would keep her from crossing the finish line in her hometown of Boston.

Paying it forward

July 16, 2015

Ten-year-old Ellie Stewart was diagnosed with choriocarcinoma in February. Her only plans for the summer were to finish her chemotherapy treatment at N.C. Children’s Hospital. Then she received a surprise gift: tickets to attend Taylor Swift’s June 9 concert in Raleigh. Now Ellie has some memories to help carry her through.