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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...

Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough

In Dec 2015 I found out my sister, Brenda Farris, had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  She was in Mesa, AZ and I was in Salem, OR so my ability to support her like I wanted just wasn't realistic.  When I knew she was doing better and could come visit for Christmas...

Survivor

Survivor

I joined the Air Force and did my basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio Texas. I tested well and was sent to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi Mississippi to attend Morse Radio Intercept training. Upon completion of my training, I was sent to Crete...

Have HEART!

Have HEART!

Michael was born a happy healthy baby on 2/21/1989. He was growing and maturing like any normal toddler would and all seemed well. When he turned 3 things started to change. He began to have headaches until he started to get them so bad that he would lay on the floor...