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Fire it UP

Fire it UP

My name is Derek Gilbert and I have been a volunteer firefighter since 2006. It had been a longtime dream of mine to be a paid firefighter and was privileged to serve as the volunteer coordinator and a responding firefighter for the Stayton Fire District for two years...

Scariest Day of my LIFE

Scariest Day of my LIFE

I appreciate getting to share my story of hope and survival. 22 years ago, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. The cancer had spread outside of my colon and into the surrounding tissue. I remember when I woke up from the colonoscopy and saw the doctors face something...

Fearless

Fearless

My Incredible Brother’s Journey I am the oldest of six children who except for the youngest are only 12-13 months apart. As you can imagine my mother was quite overwhelmed with babies for quite some time and I became her “helper” at a very early age. As the oldest, I...

Five times a WINNER

Five times a WINNER

In 1996, at age 43, Becky went back to school at Marylhurst University, while working a full-time job. Three months later she was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer. It was a really tough time to get such a diagnosis. Her kids were young, her career was at...

Why me ?

Why me ?

Robert Lucas was my father and an aircraft mechanic for Douglas Aircraft, by trade.  During the early 60's he went to work for North American Rockwell in Southern California, as Project Manager. Dad was also a cabling specialist and worked with the design team that...

Not enough TIME

Not enough TIME

  In 2007, at 19 years old, James Burns began his battle with testicular cancer. After being treated with chemotherapy, he became eligible for surgery.  Over the next few years James continued to go in for blood tests and CAT scans every 3-6 months to monitor his...