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Cancer Survivors

Posted November 12, 2008, 3:07 pm

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Cancer Survivors

These interviews aren't about the medical details of the battle.  They're about the attitude that fueled the battle. They're about the passion for life that led to victory. They're about the resilient power of the human spirit to bounce back and achieve something remarkable after processing the words no one wants to hear -- "You've got cancer."

anne-abernathy1x1.jpg Anne Abernathy:  The world's oldest female Olympian has qualified for six different Winter Olympics and beaten cancer.  Click to Listen
Bob-Becker-1x1.jpg Bob Becker is an ultamarathoner who was running strong until a double whammy threatened to end his running career. He talks to Growing Bolder about having a steel rod inserted into his leg in 2005 and battling prostate cancer in 2006. Click to Listen
Lucille-Borgen-1x1.jpg Lucille Borgan:  The world's oldest competitive water-skier. At 94, Lucille survived polio as a child, cancer as an adult, and a complete loss of vision in her left eye a few years ago. Click to Listen
Barbara-Hillary-1x1.jpg Barbara Hillary:  The world's oldest woman and first black woman to reach the North Pole. This 76-year-old cancer survivor proves it's never too late and nothing is out of reach. Click to Listen
Donna Vano says her goal in life is to prove you're never too old to kick a little butt. At the age of 53, she won all nine events in the 50-59 age group at the U.S. National Snowboard Championships. She talked to Growing Bolder about how her struggles with ovarian cancer encouraged her to live life to its fullest. Click to Listen
Lynn Tracey Lynn Tracey: During a single year, race walker Lynn Tracey lost her mother, injured her knee and was diagnosed with breast cancer but that wasn't enough to diminish her positive outlook on life. She came back and became America's best race walker over the age of 50 and set a national record while doing so. Click to Listen
triathlon.jpg Bernie Sher:  Retired military man Bernie Sher has competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii -- one of the hardest triathlons in the world -- three times. The 68-year-old prostate cancer survivor also rode across the country with Lance Armstrong as part of the famous cyclist's Tour of Hope. Click to Listen
Masters_Swimming_006.jpg Jane Dulieu: When doctors removed a brain tumor 11 years ago, Jane Dulieu had trouble walking so she took up swimming. Now, she's a champion swimmer. Click to Listen
Karen Einsidler was leading  a storybook life when she was diagnosed with cancer. The mother of triplets was an attorney and active in the masters swiming when she underwent a double mastectomy.  Rather than quitting, she dove back into competitive swimming and bounced back to return to the World Masters Championships. Click to Listen
Tony Handler isn't supposed to be here. Twenty-five years ago, he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer and given two years to live. Since then he's beaten cancer 6 different times. His story will inspire you to keep on fighting, no matter what life throws your way. Click to Listen
Mark Jankow Surviving cancer gives many people a new passion for life, but not many people would use it as an impetus to compete in a grueling, 750-mile bicycle race through the hills of France. But that's exactly the kinf of challenge that Marc Jarkow was looking for after his battle with thyroid cancer. Click to Listen
Bob Lee Bob Lee:  Retired executive Bob Lee is using his second shot at life to change the lives of others. The 65-year-old colon cancer survivor spent the summer riding his bicycle 6,500 miles to raise money for charity.  Click to Listen
sigrid-olsen.jpg Sigred Olsen is one of the biggest names in fashion. In a very short period of time, she lost her business and was diagnosed with breast cancer.  It was a devastating double whammy that only made her more determined than ever. Click to Listen
Sean Swarner: Doctors gave Sean Swarner two death sentences, but now he's on top of the world.
The two-time cancer survivor only has one functioning lung, and 15 years after doctors gave him two weeks to live, he climbed the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest.  Click to Listen
Joe Shanahan Joe Shanahan:  Out of more than 5,000 athletes in the running, a 71-year-old former college track star was tapped as Florida's top amateur athlete in 2007.  Click to Listen
Wendy Chioji was the face of Orlando news for 20 years. Her battle with breast cancer enlightened all women; her determination to help others was only equaled by her dedication to becoming a world-class athlete. Now, her glamorous job doesn't seem as important. It's time to start growing bolder. Click to Listen
Meg Gaffney Fit, feisty and full of life, Meg Gaffney is one more thing -- the face of breast cancer. The path Meg has chosen for treatment is not for everyone; in fact, she's doing something no one has done before. This is the first in a series of exclusive reports. Click to Listen


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