​​​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.




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​Here are a few of our survivors' stories:

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.

Chris Calder

Beating bladder cancer inspired Chris to write a novel and begin a new career. Read more.

Kelly Hoefler

A routine annual mammogram alerted her to breast cancer and saved her life. Read more.        

Debbie Farner

 She wasn't ready to give up after being diagnosed with a rare, agressive cancer called adrenocortical carcinoma. 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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