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Kim's Story

Watch this moving account of one cancer survivor’s story. Kim R. Smith shared her amazing journey toward survivorship at the Groundbreaking Ceremony. Hear it first-hand by watching this 12-minute video.

Ruth and Laura's Story

“This gift was about affirming the extraordinary,” describes Laura, “the level of dedication to her care was phenomenal.” 

Laura and Ruth

Excellent. Compassionate. Highly-personalized.

These are the words Ruth uses to describe the care she received at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute. A diagnosis of stage four lung cancer left Ruth and her family members fearful of the journey ahead, but this was alleviated when she met her care team.

“I felt like I was the only, most important patient. The fast response – the sense of urgency was remarkable. I felt such gratitude for the genuine interest taken in my care,” shares Ruth. Recognizing Ruth’s gratitude, and experiencing it herself, inspired Ruth’s daughter, Laura, to make a gift to LG Health in honor of her care. “This gift was about affirming the extraordinary,” describes Laura, “the level of dedication to her care was phenomenal.”

Ruth and Laura’s story is about feeling immense appreciation for the gift of restored health. These stories remind us how much it means to entrust our lives in the hands of dedicated healthcare professionals. The care Ruth received is synonymous with the care that LG Health professionals strive to deliver to each and every patient. Ruth and Laura are among many patients and families who experience gratitude and are inspired to give back in honor of the care they received from LG Health.

Megan and Jacquelyn's Story

 Sisters Megan and Jacquelyn, born and raised in Lancaster, have united closer than ever over a life-changing event.

Megan was diagnosed with breast cancer just 5 days after her 30th birthday in December of 2016 and only 9 months after giving birth to her beautiful baby boy.

"My pregnancy and breast feeding masked symptoms that could have helped me detect this earlier. The hormones from my pregnancy elevated the aggression. Because of my age, the chance of this being breast cancer was overlooked by my doctors at UVA Cancer Center where I was diagnosed. This disease does not discriminate so there should not be any limitations on trying to save lives.”

Megan’s cancer care has been coordinated by MD Anderson Center, but she receives treatment locally at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute.
“The collaboration at the Cancer Institute and MD Anderson, the top Breast Cancer Center in the country, helps direct my path through this journey.” 

Her immense appreciation for her care, and the supportive community that surrounds her, inspired Megan to overcome adversity with compassion for others. Megan and Jacquelyn recently formed their own non-profit organization, Thrive and Grit, to help other women who have been touched by breast cancer by creating awareness, assisting with prevention, supporting those battling, and donating to research.

The sisters worked with the LG Health Foundation to create “Megan’s Fund," which provides financial support for women under 40 in need of early detection tools and resources. The sisters have worked tirelessly to organize a series of fundraisers to establish this meaningful support fund for future patients.

“Being diagnosed at 30 years old and having no family history, I realized that should not prevent anyone from having access to early detection resources. If we are able to help just one person it’s worth it. Thrive and Grit was created as a part of my healing process. Helping to prevent this from happening to anyone else is the driving force behind it. We want to be the voice speaking up for women under 40.”




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