Survivors

The stories of the people on this page are stories of courage, stories of triumph over unbelievable adversity, stories of HOPE.

Celebrate with us the stories of these brave Lung Cancer Survivors – may their ranks be joined by thousands more!

Please add your Survivor Story to these Stories of HOPE. Don’t forget to include some photos!

 

Dr. Michael Weitz, M.D.
Santa Monica, CA

I am blessed. I have an incredible wife and 3 wonderful boys. I’m a doctor and practice emergency medicine. But in the blink of an eye, our world was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.

I was 49 years old and basically given 4-8 months to live. We cried together, hugged each other and decided we would live life day by day and for our children’s sake…
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Nancy Huhn

My name is Nancy Huhn. My cancer diagnosis was five years ago, October 16.

However, the medical story begins probably 3-4 years prior when I started complaining about chest pain. I had several visits to doctors including an emergency room run because of the severe pain in my chest. At each of these occasions I was given a heart stress test and told “your heart is fine”.
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Dusty Donaldson
High Point, NC

One beautiful Tuesday morning in September, the doctor said, “I am very sorry to tell you but you have lung cancer.”

We were shocked. Even the doctor was shocked.

That was in 2005. Little did I know how those words would change my life. In fact, little did know about lung cancer. Since then I have learned so much…
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Virginia Purdy
Benicia, CA

My story starts early in the year of 1999. I was having trouble with my shoulder. When I was at work, I could not get things off the shelves without being in a lot of pain. I went to the doctors and they sent me to physical therapy to do exercises. That did not help the problem. I was then referred to a physical therapist. …
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David Sturges
New Ulm, MN

David Sturges

An attorney and lung cancer survivor, David was diagnosed 22 years after he quit smoking and a little over one year after he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. His favorable “score” for a routine heart scan in 2002 was tempered by an incidental notation of a possible nodule on the lower lobe of his right lung. Immediate follow-up tests confirmed a small, malignant tumor – lung cancer. He underwent surgery for removal of two lobes of his right lung…
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Donna-Lee Lista
North Wales, PA

 

My name is Donna-Lee Lista, I’ve been married to Ray for over 30 years and I’m mother to two daughters:  Caroline and Alexandra.  After having my yearly scan in February 2014, I am now an 8 year lung cancer survivor.

I was diagnosed at age 47 on January 19th 2006.  It was an incidental find so I was luckier than most…Read More

Donald Stranathan
Santa Rosa, CA

In September of 2006, I was doing volunteer work at a local prison and went in for an x-ray for a standard TB test; they saw a shadow on my left lung. Over the next year they did a few CT scans, and then a PET scan. The spot on my lung was not hot, but they said I had a lymph node that was warm. They then brought me in for a bronchoscopy, but were unable to biopsy the lymph node during that procedure; they did test the fluid around the lymph node and it was negative for cancer…
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Paul Bodner
Las Vegas, NV

I had just played one of my best golf games in many years! But the pain in my hip had become so intense, that my golf partner said, “Hey Paulie, you really should have that checked out – I’m starting to feel badly taking your money!” I thought about it that evening, talked to my wife, Ellen, and we agreed to see my friend, an orthopedic surgeon….that was March 5, 2012 – thus began my journey….
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Jim Lamp
Templeton, CA

 

My name is Jim Lamp & I have served 6 years in the Navy most on a Fast Attack nuclear submarine & 28 years working at a nuclear power plant, most recently as a Shift Forman in California. I was born November 1960, 53 years ago. I love God, my family & friends very much & thank them all for their support …
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Alex Hanan
Los Angeles, CA

 

Alex Hanan is in his early 40s; a non-smoking, healthy young man, who exercises regularly, eats relatively well and has a great group of truly dedicated friends.

In January of 2014, Alex was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. It was a great shock to him…
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Missy Petersen
Huntington Beach, CA

 

Missy is a 47 year-old mother of two who teaches kindergarten, has never smoked, and who had the training and the endurance to run a half-marathon.

In 2009, Missy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer, after she had lost her voice and…
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