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Cancer patients often find hope and inspiration from the personal stories of others who have faced cancer.

Believe in Pink 2014 - Featured Breast Cancer Survivors

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Billings Clinic Believe in Pink Event 2014 - Featured Breast Cancer Survivor Cindy

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Billings Clinic Believe in Pink Event 2014 - Featured Breast Cancer Survivor Jan

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Billings Clinic Believe in Pink Event 2014 - Featured Breast Cancer Survivor Kay

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Billings Clinic Believe in Pink Event 2014 - Featured Breast Cancer Survivor Rhea

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Billings Clinic Believe in Pink Event 2014 - Featured Breast Cancer Survivor Suzi

Tracy (2:45)

Billings Clinic Believe in Pink Event 2014 - Featured Breast Cancer Survivor Tracy

More extraordinary cancer survivor stories from our patients


Debbie Ontiveros Carter's StoryDebbie Ontiveros Carter - Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths with more than 50,000 deaths each year. Debbie Ontiveros Carter has a special notoriety regarding the devastating disease—she was diagnosed with advanced and metastasized cancer at the premature age of 34. Debbie’s oncologist, Dr. Jorge Nieva, says what makes the Billings woman truly unique is her young age at diagnosis and her survival. Read More


Miriam Couture - Breast Cancer

Billings Gazette article by Tom Lutey - Dec. 2014

Miriam Couture discovered a lump in her chest shortly after Thanksgiving a year ago, but she wasn’t going to let it spoil Christmas for her family. Read More


Susan PilcherSusan Pilcher - Breast Cancer

There is something special that lies within the hearts and minds of people who’ve battled cancer. Billings Clinic gets the distinct privilege of meeting and caring for many amazing breast cancer survivors throughout their life changing journey. As breast cancer survivor Susan Pilcher shares, a cancer patient’s journey may begin at diagnosis, but the unspoken wisdom a patient survivor acquires along the way never really leaves you. Read More


Daryl Sather's StoryDaryl Sather - Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

My name is Daryl Sather and I’m a 63-year-old small grains farmer who lives north of Havre, Montana, near the Canadian border. I have been a survivor of non-Hodgkins lymphoma since June 2008. I have traveled more than five hours each way to Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana, multiple times for my diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapies and follow-up care. Read More


Mitzi Vorachek's StoryMitzi Vorachek - Ovarian Cancer

Mitzi Vorachek and her husband, Jim, left big city jobs in Houston, Texas, and moved to Red Lodge, Montana, with plans to hike, ski, fish and travel together. When Mitzi was diagnosed with ovarian and endometrial cancers at age 57 she said, “I realized my mortality in spades! I knew I might not see my dreams lived out. Jim’s and my life changed forever.” Read More


Lora Wingerter's StoryLora Wingerter - Three-time Cancer Survivor

Lora Wingerter’s first job outside of homemaking was driving a truck. After she tipped over eight tons of sugar beets on a back road outside of Joliet, she worked as a “tooth and gold girl” for a local dental supply company. Her next position found her taking care of people at a nursing home. “I got into nursing because I needed a job.” Read More


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