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Colon Cancer Survivor

Colon Cancer Survivor

Mono Coyle seemed too young for cancer, but her symptoms were troubling. Treated for colon cancer once, she came to SCCA when her cancer recurred. She has been cancer-free ever since.
Sarcoma Survivor, AML Survivor, BMT Recipient

Sarcoma Survivor, AML Survivor, BMT Recipient

Diagnosed at 34 with osteogenic sarcoma and then two years later with acute myeloid leukemia, Ben Doherty is in remission from both cancers after receiving chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. 

Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Jane Van Voorst was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 54. With stage IIIC disease and a 10 percent chance of being alive in five years, Jane had surgery and chemotherapy at SCCA in 2007. She has been in remission ever since.

Breast Cancer Survivor

Breast Cancer Survivor

Rosanne Gialanella had a breast cancer recurrence five years after her first diagnosis. Treated with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, she was inspired to conquer her disease by the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Survivor

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Survivor

Diagnosed in 2005 with chronic phase CML, Ron Robbecke came to SCCA for treatment that normalized his blood counts within two months.

Esophageal Cancer Survivor

Esophageal Cancer Survivor

Diagnosed with stage 0-I esophageal cancer in 2006, Mark Ragolia traveled from Massachusetts to Seattle for his treatment. Now he supports other patients facing surgery for this disease.
Bladder Cancer Survivor

Bladder Cancer Survivor

Bret Farrar, Chief of the Lakewood Police Department, was diagnosed with invasive bladder cancer in May 2010. He was referred to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for chemotherapy and surgery and is now cancer-free.

Esophageal Cancer Survivor

Esophageal Cancer Survivor

Diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2011, Dave McFadden initially received treatment in Alaska before coming to SCCA for surgery.
Prostate Cancer Survivor

Prostate Cancer Survivor

After considering multiple alternatives for treating his prostate cancer, Pat Purcell decided on proton therapy. One year after his diagnosis and just six months after he finished proton therapy, Pat competed in his first Iron Man triathlon.

Melanoma Survivor

Melanoma Survivor

Retired firefighter, Matt Flood, was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma. Immunotherapy treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance saved his life.