• Father’s Day and my cancer journey go hand in hand

    Father’s Day and my cancer journey go hand in hand

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    Father’s Day 2015, I get sprung from an 8 day stay in the hospital after having surgery to remove an 8cm malignant tumor that had perforated my colon and was choking it off. Stage III Colon Cancer was the diagnosis but really the most pressing thing for me was getting out in time to make…

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  • Why Running for Dreams

    Why Running for Dreams

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    I can’t say I love running, from 7th through 12th grades I was always running to lose weight for wrestling. Joined the Army and guess what? More running. From my mid 20’s until 49 I didn’t run much at all. Then cancer strikes, at some point during chemo, I said I was going to “do…

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  • Running for Success: Easing Kiera’s Educational Burden

    Running for Success: Easing Kiera’s Educational Burden

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    Kiera MaGee lost her mom to breast cancer in 6th grade. As the very first grant recipient from the Running for Dreams Foundation, Kiera directed her funds towards covering her college expenses at the University of Oklahoma, where she started last fall. She hopes to go on to study medicine and eventually be an oncologist.…

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  • Despite his grief, Jesuit student helps grandmother get her holiday dream trip to New York

    Despite his grief, Jesuit student helps grandmother get her holiday dream trip to New York

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    The last months have been a time of unfathomable loss for the Hamrick family. First, Jason Hamrick, an assistant football coach and equipment specialist at Jesuit High School, died unexpectedly of a heart attack June 28. He was 48. Just 11 weeks later on Sept. 12, his wife, Theresa, died of lung cancer at 47.…

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  • Phil’s Story Featured by Ochsner Health & Cancer Institute

    Phil’s Story Featured by Ochsner Health & Cancer Institute

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    Full post quoted below: When you look at what Phil de Gruy has accomplished in the last six years — four sprint triathlons, two half marathons, a 50km race walk and a 50 mile ultramarathon — you wouldn’t know it’s the same guy who received two cancer diagnoses within less than two years of each…

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  • How We Got Here

    How We Got Here

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    June 13, 2015, I was diagnosed with Stage III Colon Cancer. I had been dealing with a lot of abdominal pain for about 5 months and we could not pinpoint why.  Then I ended up in the emergency room and after hours of tests and procedures the doctor walked in, closed the door behind her…

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  • Burger joint owner changes lifestyle after life-threatening cancer diagnosis

    Burger joint owner changes lifestyle after life-threatening cancer diagnosis

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    In 2015, Phil de Gruy was a successful restaurateur in his 40s. He owned and operated three locations of the popular burger restaurant Phil’s Grill. He had a loving wife and four children. But he was beset by severe stomach pain. Doctors kept telling him it was stress, and the restaurant business in a competitive…

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