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Cancer Champion: Dan Hedlund
Cancer Champions

Cancer Champion: Dan Hedlund

Just three weeks after their wedding in 2007, newlyweds Dan and Melanie Hedlund were in for some startling news—Dan had osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

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 Cancer Champion: Jeff Warren

Cancer Champion: Jeff Warren

The day after Christmas in the year 2000, Jeff Warren received devastating news: he had stage IV head and neck cancer, which gave him—at best—a 25% chance to live five years. His radiation oncologist could see Jeff struggling with the diagnosis. The physician wrote down his home phone number and gave it to Jeff, saying, “If there’s anything you need, anytime, call me. I’m here for you.” That moment made an impression on Jeff. He says, “I realized I was working with a physician who felt he and his institution had some skin in the game. It wasn’t just that I was a patient, or a number, or one of the many. To him I was an individual.”

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patient stories, head and neck cancer, fundraising events

 Cancer Champions: The Taz and Marilyn Williams
Cancer Champions

Cancer Champions: The Taz and Marilyn Williams

Marilyn Williams is the owner of a very special miniature schnauzer: The Taz. Part of what makes The Taz so special is her work as a therapy animal visiting patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Cancer Hospital. When Marilyn pulls out The Taz’s red scarf in the morning in preparation for visiting the cancer hospital, The Taz bounces around in excitement. The Taz loves to talk to everyone in her path once she arrives. Marilyn sees the tension leave patients as they interact with The Taz, which makes them laugh and smile.

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therapy animal, volunteer

Cancer-Fighting Green Smoothie
Healthy Living

Cancer-Fighting Green Smoothie

This fresh, delicious smoothie is a great way to pack more fruits and veggies into your day. Apples and green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach are cancer-fighting foods, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

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Cancer Prevention Tip 2: Exercise More

Cancer Prevention Tip 2: Exercise More

Exercise helps reduce your cancer risk by helping with weight control. It also may help improve your hormone levels and the way your immune system works. Despite these health benefits, studies show that more than 50 percent of Americans do not engage in enough regular physical activity.

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cancer prevention

Butter Lettuce with Oranges, Avocado, Fennel, and Walnuts

Butter Lettuce with Oranges, Avocado, Fennel, and Walnuts

Brighten up your winter with this fresh, healthy salad from HCI’s Good Life Kitchen cooking class series. Healthy eating is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, eating healthy may increase your responsiveness to treatment, reduce complications, and improve your quality of life.

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cancer prevention, nutrition, recipe