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Kidney cancer at age 51 in 2015
Today: The creative director of
a small public relations firm,
Gathright spends his free time taking
photos in his neighborhood, Fresno’s
Tower District, and in the nearby
Sierra Nevada. He grew up near
Fresno and recalls camping trips
to the mountains with his father.
“Even though I live down here in the
flatland, it’s still a real relief to just
get in the car, get up [to the mountains] even for a day and shoot.” Here, he is shown
by the Kings River in the Sierra foothills. Gathright says his cancer diagnosis and
treatment reaffirmed his appreciation for basic elements of his life—his relationship
with his wife, their t wo adopted Chihuahua mixes and his photography. “It just
reminds you of how nice it is to be here.”
Mucinous adenocarcinoma of the appendix
with signet ring cells at age 66 in 2013
Today: Since completing treatment
for her rare cancer and retiring in
2014, Hargrove has been fulfilling
her travel dreams. In October 2016,
as part of a program through her
church, she went to Ghana and South
Africa with nine other women from
around the U.S. “I was truly excited
about going to places that I had read
about, worked on and just saw as such a rich part of my history,” says Hargrove.
Trained as a lawyer and social worker, she has been involved in many civil rights
activities, including the movement against apartheid in South Africa. In February,
she celebrated her 70th birthday by going on a jazz cruise in the Caribbean. She is
pictured above in a park on the ship.
Stage IIA triple-negative breast cancer at age 55 in 2011
Today: Marshall, a former world champion in women’s
weightlifting, is setting new records. In February, she rowed
500 meters in 1 minute and 38 seconds—a world record
time on an indoor rowing machine for women ages 60 to
69. After her breast cancer diagnosis in 2011, Marshall
underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Just
getting out of bed felt like a major accomplishment some
days, she says. Yet she continued to attend fitness classes.
Marshall, a chiropractor, says the support of her local
CrossFit community helped her push through treatment and
kept her spirits high as she slowly regained strength. “I no
longer take my physical abilities for granted,” she says.
“I’m grateful every day for the chance to move my body.”
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