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Survivor Series - Cancer Survivors in the Region: Stacey Smith

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After moving from East St. Louis in 1990, Stacey Smith has come to love the melting pot that is Northwest Indiana in the nearly three decades that she’s called Gary her home. So when Stacey was diagnosed with breast cancer - ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) - in 2016, her family, friends, and healthcare professionals have helped her overcome every obstacle that she faced.

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Survivor Series: Cancer Survivors in the Region: Shawniece Robinson

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Fighting for her survival and staying strong in the face of adversity is, unfortunately, something in which Shawniece Robinson has become accustom. Now in her late-30’s, Shawniece has battled cancer three times in just twelve years and, while some around her lost their own battles, she’s been fortunate enough to now take what she’s learned throughout her life and pass it on to those around her.

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Survivor Series – Cancer Survivors in the Region: Kerri Midkiff

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Kerri Midkiff received a stage II breast cancer diagnosis in March of 2009, and for Kerri, her husband, and their two daughters (six and four years old), the news came as quite a shock.

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Survivor Series: Cancer Survivors in the Region: Altovise Ferguson

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This year, Altovise Ferguson will be marking 14 years since her diagnosis of lymphoma, a spinal tumor that she was on the receiving end of when she was just 27 years old. Her journey towards becoming cancer-free wasn’t easy, but, for the gospel-recording artist, songwriter, and actress, the eye-opening experience changed her life and led to opportunities, accomplishments, and milestones that she might not otherwise have experienced or achieved.

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Survivor Series - Cancer Survivors in the Region: Elijah Alexander

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In late 2014, Amber Alexander got news that no parent ever wants to hear - a CT scan of her son, Elijah, revealed a 3.6 x 4.4 cm mass in the fourth ventricle of his brain, near his cerebellum and brain stem.

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Survivor Series – Cancer Survivor in the Region: LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

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For cancer survivors, going through a combination of surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation or other treatment can take an incredible toll on their physical and mental well-being. The journey to remission can be a daunting, uphill climb that leaves a person drained of any strength or stamina they once might’ve had. Battling that and helping cancer survivors get healthy together is the La Porte County YMCA and their LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.

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Survivor Series – Cancer Survivor in the Region: Betsy Chinn

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In September of 2013, Betsy Chinn went in for her routine, yearly mammogram which is something that she never missed. This time was different, however. The next day she got a call from the doctor asking her to come back into the office.

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Survivor Series – Cancer Survivor in the Region: Shelly Recktenwall

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Amidst the turmoil and distress surrounding a cancer diagnosis, Shelly Recktenwall was also dealing with the passing of a close friend and the loss of her parents from the very sickness that she herself was battling. While it has been a tumultuous journey, her faith, combined with the outpouring of love, support and encouragement she’s received, has helped Shelly overcome every obstacle that has stood in her way.

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Survivor Series – Cancer Survivor in the Region: Cynthia Reed

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Cynthia Reed’s experience with cancer goes far beyond her own battle with cervical cancer. It’s something that has touched many people in her life. Amidst all of the upheaval and emotions that come with the diagnosis and loss around her, she’s stayed positive and given back where she could.

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Survivor Series – Cancer Survivor in the Region: Rob Henderson

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The story of Rob Henderson’s battle with cancer could fill the pages of a book. The ups and downs he experienced in his fight were not bumps in the road, but mountains to be climbed. As with every obstacle that Henderson encounters, though, he met the immense challenge head on and just started climbing.

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Survivor Series – Cancer Survivor in the Region: Becky Neulieb

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Receiving a cancer diagnosis is is one of the hardest things anyone can face. The mindset that a person has can be as valuable as any treatment out there and the mindset that Becky Neulieb has is that of a warrior who is ready for the fight.

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