Our Survivors

The following are stories that have been featured on the Hollings Cancer Center news site.

Miranda Brown kisses her husband on their wedding day

Miranda Brown

Colon Cancer

Like any excited bride, Miranda Brown of Goose Creek had all the details nailed down. The dress; the location in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and the grand European honeymoon. What the then 34-year-old bride didn’t expect were all the stomach issues.

 Colon cancer diagnosis right before wedding leaves bride-to-be fearful

Jim Devereaux and his wife

Jim Devereaux

Prostate Cancer

In a sense, Jim Devereaux was prepared for cancer. He'd been to war before. He retired from the military in 2018, but amid the celebration of a lifetime of service, Devereaux was at battle again – this time with prostate cancer.

 Veteran describes battle against prostate cancer

Tammy Grainger

Tammy Grainger

Cervical Cancer

Tammy Grainger saw her life flash in front of her eyes in 2017 when she went to the doctor and was told she had only two weeks to live.

 Two years after being told she had two weeks to live, cervical cancer survivor helps others

Thom Schmenk stands with his bicycle

Thom Schmenk

Sarcoma

No one wants cancer. Thom Schmenk sure didn’t. But he turned an otherwise negative situation into a meaningful experience, authoring two books, celebrating a five-year cancer-free anniversary and raising money for sarcoma research.

 Author and sarcoma advocate celebrates five years cancer-free

Heather Toeppner

Heather Toeppner

Breast Cancer

Being six months pregnant in Charleston in July can be trying. Heather Toeppner had resigned herself to the heat. What she hadn’t counted on, though, was the cancer diagnosis.

 Pregnant with cancer

David Lee Nelson

David Lee Nelson

Colon Cancer

When actor and stand-up comedian David Lee Nelson takes center stage, it’s an odd subject he’ll brand with his sense of humor. It's his own stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis.

 Actor, comedian puts cancer center stage at Piccolo Spoleto Festival

Kerry Hardy

Kerry Hardy

Lung Cancer

Diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2015, Kerry Hardy knew that his presence at his son's wedding was a miracle. As immunotherapy clinical trials continue to transform the cancer landscape, more of these miracles are happening.

 Immunotherapy gives father the gift of being son’s best man

Tanya Waring-Hearn

Tanya Waring-Hearn

Breast Cancer

On April 7, Tanya Waring-Hearn joined thousands of others for the 41st Cooper River Bridge Run. It was the first time she’s done it. Ironically, it took a diagnosis of cancer to get her there.

 Breast cancer survivor finds her stride

Courtney Nelson

Courtney Nelson

Colon cancer

When it came to her health, Courtney Nelson had all the boxes checked. Then she was diagnosed with colon cancer. The young mother of two went from running marathons to not even walking while recovering from treatment.

 Colon cancer striking younger ages, survivor shares warning

Courtney Nelson

Matthew Niessner and Steve McHugh

Bladder Cancer (Niessner) and Lymphoma (McHugh)

Executive Chefs Steve McHugh of Cured in San Antonio, Texas, and Matthew Niessner of Hall’s Chophouse in Charleston shared what life is like as executive chefs and how they managed to juggle their high-powered jobs while fighting their own personal battles with cancer.

 Celebrity chefs get personal at fireside chat

Hannah Neimy

Hannah Neimy

Lymphoma

Before cancer, I was really shy. I was afraid to stand out. Now, I focus on being my genuine self instead of the self I think other people want me to be. Beating cancer made my life more vibrant — cosmetically and mentally.

 Be bold, wear red lipstick, says cancer survivor

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