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Father’s Day tribute shows the importance of cancer prevention and early detection

Posted by Carolyn Schmidt, Managing Director, Development on June 14th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
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I always thought my father had nine lives. My father had a few close calls with death during his life but he amazingly always seemed to come through. As a boy he was very sick with rheumatic fever, a very serious and sometimes fatal disease, but managed to recover. During college he broke his neck after diving into a quarry, landing him in the hospital for six weeks. While serving in the Marine Corps my father took ...

Sunny Walia’s Skin Cancer Screening Story

Posted by PCF Admin on March 3rd, 2011 | No Comments »

The Determined Dermatologist It’s no surprise that dermatologists care about skin cancer. But what happens to a dermatologist who has a family member diagnosed with the disease? Sunny Walia, assistant professor of dermatology and director of dermatologic laser surgery at George Washington University knows everything there is to know about sun safety, but when someone in her family was diagnosed with skin cancer, she re-dedicated herself to ...

Mary Ellen Kirkbride’s Lung Cancer Story

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A True Fighter Nearly five years ago, Mary-Ellen Kirkbride responded to a lung cancer researcher’s call for help. Her intent was simple — to honor her father’s memory. Little did she know her own life was about to be saved. Kirkbride knew the lung cancer statistics all too well. She had lost her father to lung cancer years earlier, and was about to watch her mother lose the battle. She was ...

Colorectal Screening Story: Patrick and Michael Skehan

Posted by PCF Admin on March 2nd, 2011 | 1 Comment »

One Brother Lost, One Brother Saved The funeral was packed with over 300 people, each one wanting to pay their respects to Patrick Skehan – one of the most light-hearted and caring 60-year olds they'd ever met. As they picked up funeral programs and prayer cards, many also took colorectal cancer awareness "buddy" bracelets and cancer prevention pamphlets provided by the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Patrick didn't ...