It wasn’t until after Tammy Coleman’s grandfather died that she knew he had prostate cancer. And then a beloved cousin died before Tammy learned of her breast cancer diagnosis. And so it went.
“It’s like a hush-hush thing,” said Coleman, who as a breast cancer survivor—and Provision patient— has become heavily involved in local cancer awareness and fundraising efforts. “You don’t even know they have cancer. They just die one day.”
It is a lethal silence. Read More
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Before her cancer diagnosis, Holly Caster worked in hospitality at Beaumont Hospital in her Michigan hometown, coming up with creative ways to make patients’ stays more comfortable.
There was the flash mob she planned for a high school senior who’d been hospitalized and couldn’t go to prom. The laptop, CDs and company-keeping for a young pregnant woman confined to bed rest whose family lived 50 miles away. She gave cancer patients afghans in their favorite color. She planned in-hospital celebrations for weddings and anniversaries and new babies, all to help people cope as best they could when life dished up the unexpected.
Then the unexpected happened to her. Read More
From carney kid to cancer survivor, life hasn’t followed a predictable trajectory for Jim McBride. Nonetheless, this businessman turned pastor and movie producer sees divine purpose in every step.
McBride, a pastor and producer of several popular Christian movies including Fireproof and Facing the Giants, recently completed treatment for prostate cancer at Provision Center for Proton Therapy.
It was into a 32-mile run that traverses three 6,000-foot balds in the Western North Carolina mountains that Doug Blackford realized something: he had just completed his 32nd proton therapy treatment for prostate cancer. Read More
Even as the lump on Lucas Jones’s lower abdomen did not respond to antibiotics and grew at an alarming rate, his parents didn’t imagine cancer.
“It was a shock,” said Robert Jones, eight-year-old Lucas’s father and son of Knoxville music store owner Bill Jones. Read More
But Tupelo is home to another fan base too. A growing number of local residents are making the journey to Provision Center for Proton Therapy and spreading the word.
And it all started with Elvis. Read More
Philip and Lydia Parks traveled the world in search of a cure for 15-year-old Philip’s aggressive brain cancer that took them to Germany, Israel and Provision.
After multiple surgeries, proton therapy and up-and-coming immunotherapy treatments, his body gave up the fight. Philip died on April 13, 2016. But his mother is dedicated to remembering Philip’s story not as one of sadness but of hope. Read More
The gong—three clangs that echo through the lobby, treatment rooms, work station cubicles. It’s startling for first-time visitors and new employees.
It quickly becomes the joyous reminder of why we’re here.