Message from the Chair

It’s hard to believe that Fight On is right around the corner!  We’ve been working for months soliciting donations, recruiting participants, asking for volunteers and preparing for a day of fitness and fun – all to support West Cancer Center and its patients.  I’ve been so encouraged by the responses received from both individuals and corporations.  Donations, both large and small, monetary and in-kind gifts – each one makes a difference.   We’re beginning to see the hard work pay off with record numbers, but we won’t stop until we reach the ultimate goal – a cure for cancer!

It’s been almost 10 months since I received my own cancer diagnosis, and I’m incredibly grateful to be healed and healthy.  When I return to West Cancer Center for regular check-ups, I see step 3courageous men and women who are literally fighting for their lives as they battle this deadly disease.   I’m often brought to tears as I think about them, as well as the family members and friends, who are joining us in the fight against cancer.    

West Fight On: Cycle. Run. Walk. is more than an event – the money raised supports innovative cancer research along with comprehensive patient services.  For example:

  • $25 could provide a hat or scarf for three patients
  • $50 could provide transportation to our treatment facilities for a patient in need
  • $125 could provide a screening mammogram for the underserved
  • $300 could provide a low-dose lung cancer screening for the underserved
  • $500 could provide a nutrition consult for ten patients

 Will you join the fight?  If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so today!  I look forward to September 16th when we will celebrate, remember, and FIGHT ON.  

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Stephanie Simpson

Chair, 2017 West Fight On: Cycle. Run. Walk. and breast cancer survivor

Why I FIGHT ON

After a whirlwind few days that involved an ultrasound and biopsy following a yearly mammogram, I received the call on October 28, 2016 that confirmed what my doctor had expected – I had breast cancer. What?  Never did I expect to hear that I had cancer.  After all, I was healthy; I exercise, eat well and  take good care of myself.  You think it won’t happen to you – until it does.

Within days of my diagnosis, I underwent additional testing and a personalized treatment plan was put in place by my care team. I had surgery and recovered forsimpson_steph two months before beginning preventive radiation.  I completed radiation on February 15 – less than four months after my diagnosis.  Today, I am very grateful to be cancer-free and forever changed for the better.

As a life-long Memphian, I was familiar with West Cancer Center, but it was not until I entered the doors as a patient that I truly grasped the magnitude of this phenomenal place. West Cancer Center provided me with world-class treatment just minutes from home and work.  The physicians and staff are some of the best in their fields.  Due to advancements in research – and those who came before me – my treatment experience was manageable and, most importantly, effective.   I FIGHT ON to express my thankfulness for the exceptional care I received.

While I’m incredibly relieved to see cancer in my rear view mirror, these last few months have been life-changing. I have a renewed sense of purpose and priorities. My faith, family and friends have always been of utmost importance to me, but my cancer showed me why.  Throughout my journey, my community lifted me up.   The support I received from loved ones was remarkable, and I FIGHT ON to give back in gratitude.

After seeing so many others at West – caregivers, patients, friends, family, people just like you and me – I want to participate in a rally that unites all of us in the fight against cancer. Together, we will celebrate, remember and FIGHT ON as we raise the critical funds to support both research and comprehensive patient services.  Join us on September 16th and ensure no cancer patient – right here in the Mid-South – fights alone.

FIGHT ON!

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Stephanie Simpson

Chair, 2017 West Fight On: Cycle. Run. Walk.