• Denny Bixby: Surviving the Odds

    Three and a half years ago, the staff and board of The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation bid a fond farewell to colleague and director of development Sally Dadmun Bixby. After calling Nashville their home for nearly 18 years, Sally and her husband Denny decided to move back to Denny’s hometown of Portland, Oregon. Not only were they anticipating the birth of their first grandson in Portland, they were anxious to move back to be near family.

  • Peter Lee: Refugee, Survivor, & Volunteer

    Peter Lee has served as a perennial, enthusiastic volunteer at Hope On Wheels (HOW100) since the event’s inception in 2005. Event participants have witnessed Peter’s dedication to the event both pre-dawn (unloading supplies and coordinating table set-up at the event’s starting location) and late in the day (handing out snacks and water for riders at the wildly popular “Margarittaville” rest stop out on the Natchez Trace Parkway). What fuels Peter’s determination to be part of such an event that unites purpose, inspiration, and hope?

  • Deneen Coleman-Ruff

    Dogged determination and a passion for creating soulful art have sustained Deneen Coleman-Ruff through some rough times. A survivor of abuse, a bitter divorce from a man who left her, raising three children alone, lengthy periods of homelessness, alienation from family, and breast cancer, Deneen is healing and ready to give back ... and to get back to the world of art.

  • Sandra Eubanks

    At the Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, we are inspired by the courage and heart of those with cancer diagnoses who are undergoing life-altering treatments and struggling to reclaim their lives. We have witnessed how cancer survivor Sandra Eubanks daily weaves hope and her volunteer spirit to change the lives of the homeless and those in her neighborhood adjacent to the J.C. Napier Homes public housing community.

  • Marlene Kitsemble

    For Marlene Kitsemble of Cowan, Tennessee, hope lies in early access to the drug combination Lapatinib and Capecitabine, recently made available through a study conducted by The Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI) and financially supported by The Foundation.  

  • Ride For Fun, Ride In Honor, Ride For A Cure

    As the second Hope on Wheels (HOW100) rolls around, last year’s top fundraising team has been working hard to defend their benevolence title. While the incentives prizes are great, it’s the difference their efforts make in the fight against breast cancer that motivates Sisters United For A Cure (SUFAC), known in 2005 as Team PMS. In addition to soliciting monetary donations, the Sisters have set up HOW100 merchandise booths at bike races and a flea market, and also held a yard sale and silent auction.

  • Cristina Manieri

    Cristina Manieri’s gentle, melodic voice belies a well of strength and maturity. At 29, Cristina has been fighting a rare adversary in her tender adulthood that most young women cannot fathom—metastatic breast cancer. In spite of what she terms her “cancer burden,” Cristina immerses herself in meaningful work and cancer advocacy.

  • Running For Ron

    In 2001, little did Roger Bricco know that an afternoon run would evolve into a passion or, more importantly, a mission. Zealous about the sport, Roger trained and ran in the 2004 Country Music Marathon. Roger’s mom and dad, Mary and Ron Bricco, proudly witnessed that their son’s time nearly qualified for the Boston Marathon. Their presence was especially inspiring for Roger as his dad, Ron, was enduring an extreme challenge of his own. Ron had been undergoing a year of extensive treatment for mesothelioma, an uncommon form of lung cancer.

  • Katharine Ray

    I remember my disappointment well--an opportunity in college to write about a difficult life experience resulted in a mediocre "B." No grammatical errors in the paper, only a comment from my beloved professor that she didn't think I had quite \worked through\ the experience to write effectively about it.  My efforts as an English major to write about the challenges of a cancer diagnosis as a teenager in the spring of 1975 were ineffective and had not particularly enlightened her.  I had tried to write descriptively but held my emotions close and had not explored very well the core of the e