Diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the throat in December 2005, Emerson elected to be treated at Massey after extensively researching his options, including traveling to other top cancer centers and talking with numerous doctors. The more he learned about the challenging nature of his treatment, the more he realized the value of having Massey in his backyard.
“There is nothing like watching your child fight cancer to make you appreciate the value of cancer research." Margie became intimately familiar with the impact of cancer when their daughter was treated at VCU for a neuroblastoma. Twenty years later, Margie was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Reed considered himself a typical 50-year old family man a husband, father of three teenagers and busy salesman when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare form cancer that attacks blood and bone, in September 2007.