VCU Massey Cancer Center


Cancer puts life in perspective

Cancer puts life in perspective. Daily inconveniences become insignificant in comparison to the things that truly matter. For Alexis Quance, it's having the chance to experience life as a normal teenager. For David Headley, it's strengthening the bond with his family. For Mercedes Velasquez, it's continuing to be the same mom to her children. 

Dodge Havens

Picture of Dodge Havens in a canoe on the water

Coming from a lineage of world-class canoeists, sports have always been a part of Dodge Havens' life. Despite more than five years of aggressive treatments for stage 4 kidney cancer, he still maintains a positive outlook and continues to do the things that bring him joy. Watch as Dodge describes his journey and shares the knowledge he has gained. 

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Anita Whitlow

“Just because you have cancer doesn’t mean that you’re dying,” says Anita Whitlow with a big smile, showing the uniquely positive outlook that has supported her since she was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer in December of 2013.

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Roberta Carter

“If I think back, if I hadn’t gotten that second opinion, would I be here now? Sometimes you’ve got to step out on faith and go on a little further down the road.” 

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