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Courtney Cooper Jenrath

Ten years ago I was introduced to cancer when my stepfather was diagnosed. Around that time I was also introduced to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer center, where Dr. Jordan Berlin treated my stepfather’s illness. Ten years later, I still have my stepfather, and I’m grateful for his successful treatment and for the outstanding research and care that made his recovery possible.

Nearly a decade later, in September 2010, my mother-in-law died in Alabama from a glioblastoma. This time the cancer was aggressive and advance, and six months after diagnosis she was gone. After watching cancer ravage my family, I understand why people dread the diagnosis. The disease is allusive, mysterious and can leave you feeling helpless against its onslaught. The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is helping change all that by shedding brilliant light on our understanding of cancer through groundbreaking research and replacing guesswork with informed and increasingly successful treatment.

I’m a VICC Ambassador for these reasons and raising money for the VICCtory Over Cancer Fund.  Dollars raised translate to new discoveries, earlier detection and better treatment. As the instance of cancer in our country rises, those dollars are more and more important.