Finding Strength in Recovery

Cancer knows no stranger. It touches the lives of everyone—mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, doctors, nurses—all have a story. This is especially true for Oklahomans, as there is a higher death rate from cancer in Oklahoma than in the U.S., and it’s steadily growing. We must grow in response.

We’ve talked to patients, community members, doctors and friends. It’s personal to so many. Sometimes these personal stories are exactly what we need to hear. They motivate us, and they drive us to create more happy endings.

Larry Marlatt is one of many who has come through our doors—and walked back out in full recovery.

“I remember all those that have come before me, like my father who died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1970. My father and others like him were pioneers in cancer research—and I think of all those that may have bene ted by their pain and sacrifice—and I am proud. In the early years, doctors were just starting to understand cancer, the effects it has on the body, the psychological wellbeing of the patient and the family.

Because of those early pioneers, doctors and patients, better treatments are developed, new drugs introduced, and words like hope, faith and belief are not just words anymore.

Larry not only survived—he thrived. He is living his life to the fullest, and advocating for others to do the same. We can and will provide support for more people like Larry, who have lived to tell their stories and show us that projects like this expansion are invaluable, and take much more than just words.

Donate. Give others like Larry the hope and faith that tomorrow may be the day they beat cancer. Bring THEIR stories life.

Larry Marlatt

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