Fighting Cancer with Friends

SALEM, Ore. — When Ryan Bendel and his mother think back on that trip to Florida so many years ago, all they remember are the good times. Never mind that it was paid for by the Make-a-Wish Foundation and that Ryan was suffering from his second bout with brain tumors. At the time, they didn’t … Continue reading »

Miss Oregon Teen Cooks for Cancer

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A Corvallis teen cooked up some food on Monday morning as part of her mission to help cancer patients. Miss Oregon Teen, Alexandra Perry, 16, started the Cook for Cancer organization when she was 12 years old. Since then, she has raised around $15,000 to make sure cancer patients and their families … Continue reading »

Natalie Hill Inspires Others to Live

COOS BAY, Ore. — Natalie Hill went from being a small town teenager diagnosed with cancer to a worldwide inspiration whose bucket list inspired thousands. Even though she died just over a week ago, her impact is still being felt. Saturday afternoon hundreds of friends, family members, and other fans of Hill filled the bleachers … Continue reading »

New Blood Cancer Drug Tested Locally

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A newly-approved drug is giving those with a common form of blood cancer a new option–and it was tested right here in our area. The FDA last week approved the drug called Gazyva. It’s designed to help treat those with a common form of leukemia and keep them from undergoing chemotherapy. Betty … Continue reading »

Doctors Urge Screening for Lung Cancer

(CNN) — Early detection for diseases such as lung cancer can save lives, but exactly who needs to be screened is something doctors are trying to figure out. Lung cancer survivor Donna Craig, probably would not be alive today if she hadn’t been screened for lung cancer. Craig was a smoker for most of her … Continue reading »

Thousands Walk in Race for the Cure

EUGENE, Ore. –There wasn’t a football game Sunday, but thousands of people headed to Autzen Stadium in the morning for the annual Race or the Cure. People walked or ran along the streets of Eugene for the Susan G. Komen fundraiser run. Teams of runners were decked out from head to toe in pink for … Continue reading »

Dog Saves Owner from Cancer

EUGENE, Ore. — A woman is cancer free, four years after her breast cancer diagnosis. She says she owes her life to her dog. Elisabeth Zier says at first she didn’t understand why her dog was scratching at her chest; but, she eventually knew something was terribly wrong. Encouraged by her dog’s actions, Zier went … Continue reading »

Be a Part of a Historic Research Study

EUGENE, Ore. — Recruiters from the American Cancer Society are in town to give people the chance to participate in a historic research study called Cancer Prevention Study 3. This week, recruiters are in both Eugene and Springfield looking for men and women between 30 and 65 years of age who have never been diagnosed with … Continue reading »

Sign-Up Open for National Cancer Study

EUGENE, Ore. — This is the final year to sign up for a national long-term study to fight cancer. The goal is to follow 300,000 participants over the next 25 to 30 years to learn more about cancer and why it’s been seen alarming rates. The initial sign up requires a questionnaire; then a 30 … Continue reading »

Relay for Life Fundraiser Goal on Track

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene and Springfield residents rallied for the cause last weekend for Relay for Life. Now that clean-up is complete, the focus now shifts to the numbers. Preliminary reports show this relay is right on track. Walkers came by the hundreds–survivors, families, local companies, and ordinary people–with an extraordinary goal: to find a … Continue reading »

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