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Cancer puts life in perspective

Cancer puts life in perspective. Daily inconveniences become insignificant in comparison to the things that truly matter. For Alexis Quance, it's having the chance to experience life as a normal teenager. For David Headley, it's strengthening the bond with his family. For Mercedes Velasquez, it's continuing to be the same mom to her children. 

Ida McCutchen

"I was treated like a queen at Massey. I was treated like family. I couldn’t have gone to a better place."

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Terrell Harrigan

"I was impressed with Massey’s team approach to developing and coordinating my treatment. The entire team of breast cancer experts was in one location working together — my surgeon, oncologist, radiologist, nurses and others. I didn’t have to travel to various specialists all over town and worry whether they were communicating with each other. The personalized experience made me feel like I had a second family at Massey."

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Bob Holdsworth

Bob found that after successfully completing cancer treatment at Massey, his desire to live life to the fullest was a powerful motivator to regain his fitness: "It sounds trite, but the smell of flowers, the sunrise, it all takes on a new dimension after cancer, and I don’t want to take it for granted." This renewed sense of life led Bob to Africa to fulfill dreams of seeing the pyramids in Egypt and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The grueling eight-day climb brought him to the summit in time to ring in New Year’s Day, five years after surviving cancer.

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