Walter Schaffer lives in the mountains of North Central Pennsylvania. He is a retired diesel mechanic and drove a semi-truck part time before retirement. He enjoys woodworking, reading, and gardening both vegetable and flowers. Here is Walter’s story:
After 27 years of teaching, I looked forward to retirement. About seven years back, we purchased a new home on a small Christmas tree farm. Being very active by nature, I cared for the trees, yard, and large vegetable garden. My husband retired early and cared for our granddaughter while I finished working. She only had one more year to go before kindergarten when I retired. We had plans to take short trips and I looked forward to doing volunteer work and leisurely caring for my yard more as a hobby. Dreams to start a new chapter in my life were finally starting to happen.
Steve Greene is a man many would call strong. He’s a successful businessman, devoted husband, dedicated father, accomplished marathoner, and an active member of his community. But when Steve was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer at only 43 years of age, he quickly recognized that his own strength would not be enough to carry him through the coming battle. Instead, Steve says it was the community of support and love that surrounded him that gave him the courage to face his journey with hope.
We all lead busy lives. The hustle and bustle of work, family, and personal life often leaves little time to appreciate simple things like the sound of one’s own voice, the taste of a flavorful meal, or a comfortable body temperature. These everyday things we might take for granted changed forever for David Broadhurst after receiving a stage III esophageal cancer diagnosis.
The sound of gratitude and relief came across the line loud and clear, despite the 200 miles separating Lance Cassidy and PearlPoint Cancer Support's client representative.
"I was sitting in the parking lot about to lose it but I decided to call y'all first and, boy, am I glad I did," Lance said. Lance had just finished speaking with PearlPoint's oncology social worker who had told him about a vital transportation grant that would be key to Lance’s participation in a clinical trial treatment for small cell lung cancer.
Gary Logston has always been a planner. When he married his wife Jane in 1985, Gary began setting aside a dollar a day to take her on a surprise trip to Australia for their 20th anniversary. By 2005, Gary had not only saved enough to take Jane to Australia, but also to bring their two kids with them to celebrate.
Marsha Morley is no stranger to overcoming health challenges. In her early 30s, she experienced the beginning effects of a congenital defect of her lungs. After several surgeries and hospitalizations, she began the full-time use of an oxygen tank. Despite being burdened with what some might see as a literal “ball and chain,” Marsha continued to live her life to the fullest. Filled with a love for travel, Marsha’s zest for life accompanied her “can-do” attitude. This attitude served as important groundwork for what lay ahead.