I was diagnosed with cancer on August 27, 2015. Now, as a survivor, every August 27 I remember and give thanks for all the people who helped me that day and in the ensuing years. This year, I added some people I’ve never even met to my gratitude list.
Kidney cancer kills about 14,000 people every year. It is especially deadly when it is found in the late stages. Scott was first diagnosed with kidney cancer in January of 2011 and given only 10 months to live...that was over 8 years ago.
Juanita McClain has battled sickle cell disease her entire life. She’s coped with multiple surgeries, including having her gallbladder removed at age 11, and has lost track of the number of times she’s been hospitalized with pneumonia. Still, despite the hardships, she advocates tirelessly for others with sickle cell disease, encouraging them to seek better health and find the support they need. Juanita is a sickle cell warrior.