​​​Tell Your Story


As a patient, survivor, caregiver, or loved one touched by cancer, your story can have an enormous impact. It can provide hope and inspiration to someone who's recently been diagnosed with cancer or a patient undergoing therapy. Your story can be a compelling reason for a member of Congress to support increased funding of biomedical research. By sharing your story, others will find comfort and encouragement.

​Here are a few of our survivors' stories:

Emily Garnett

After months of pain, a breast cancer diagnosis changed Emily Garnett’s life. Read more.

Mia Brister

Diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma at 24, Mia found what was important to her. Read more.

Patrica Fox

Patricia urges her fellow breast cancer survivors to plan for the best days of their lives. Read more.

Lucas Newell

Lucas talks about his five-month journey with primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma. Read more.

Bonnie Beckett

Bonnie Beckett confronts cancer with the support of her husband Bill. Read more.

Tommy Tucker

Cancer has given Tommy Tucker a life-driven purpose. Read more.

Karen Rice

Karen's daughter and grandchildren gave her the purpose to fight cancer and live. Read more.

Tricia Weis

Tricia urges everyone to get annual physicals after her doctor's visit detected renal cell carcinoma. Read more.

John Reynolds

John is living with prostate cancer, but has much to be thankful for. Read more.

Gina Favors

Gina's breast cancer experience led her to become an advocate for early detection screening. Read more.

Allison Rhine

Allison overcame childhood osteogenic sarcoma and a leg amputation to live a full and active life. Read more.

Lesley Booth

Lesley shares her story of lung cancer treatment and urges other smokers to quit while they can. Read more.

Lauren Elizabeth Stahl

After overcoming a rare form of cancer, Lauren focuses on helping others overcome their disease as a researcher and a physical therapist.  Read more.

​Joe Harris

Fueled by the struggle of a friend and the loss of a brother to cancer, he runs to help find cures and celebrate survivors.  Read more.

Paula Berg

She is surviving stage IV melanoma and striving to make every day, "better than the day before." Read more.

Read more inspiring stories from cancer survivors

​​A Few Tips for Sharing

Be Open

We want to hear your story and share it with others. If you're unsure of where to start, focus on your diagnosis, how it changed your life and what you think others facing cancer should know. If you have experience with a clinical trial or other research activities, share how that has impacted your journey.

Be Real

This is an opportunity for you to share your story with a community that understands your triumphs and your struggles. While it can be difficult to get personal, these details are what make your story unique.

Be Concise

While every detail of your story is important, we suggest keeping it between 300 and 500 words.


Thank you for sharing your story with the AACR Foundation. By sharing your story with the AACR Foundation, you agree that your story may be published on the aacrfoundation.org website or in other AACR Foundation materials. In addition, the AACR Foundation may edit the content of your submission. The AACR Foundation retains the right not to publish any story, based on its judgment. All story submissions are subject to our privacy policy

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