Emmy-Award winning journalist Lori Hope  discusses her book, Help Me Live -- 20 Things People With Cancer Want You to Know.

(Undated) -- This weekend, thousands of Penn State students and alumni will take part in an event that's become one of the most famous fundraisers for pediatric cancer research. The annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or "THON," as it's more commonly known, will take over the school's Bryce Jordan Center from this evening to Sunday afternoon.

Lynn Fantom, an oncology nurse navigator at Lancaster General Health, has been helping cancer patients, mainly breast cancer patients, for 8 years.  She loves being able to help a person navigate their physical and emotional concerns after a cancer diagnosis.  “I learn from each patient.  They give me inspiration and courage every day to do what I do, and make me realize that there’s nothing in life you can’t handle… you can face this.”

(Sewell, NJ) -- Cancer, alopecia, and Trichotillomania are all diseases and conditions that can cause hair loss. As a result, many adults have a difficult enough time coping with their hair falling out, by turning to wigs or scarves. But young children who have cancer themselves or are watching friends or parents struggle with the disease may find it especially hard to understand and accept baldness. That's what cancer patient Jane Bingham, a mother of four from Sewell, New Jersey, found, at least. She's now involved in a crusade to help young girls see, in her words, "bald is beautiful."

This Valentine's Day, we'd like to celebrate the inspiring acts of love and kindness we've been privileged to witness throughout the Facing Cancer Together project.  We've gathered a few of the many stories we've heard and read, and would love to hear your stories of love as well in a comment below.  

In this recently-released short film called "Blue," 22-year old Jess has been building walls of denial after her father was diagnosed with cancer.  When her father helps paint her room the color she’s always wanted (blue), he is there when she realizes where there is life, there is hope . . . and true peace lies in acceptance.

Lynn Eib works as a patient advocate in Hanover, PA offering emotional and spiritual support to cancer patients and their caregivers. She knows a thing or two about what cancer patients are going through. That’s because she is a cancer survivor herself.

A cancer diagnosis turns a person's world upside down.  But acts of kindness from family, friends, an even strangers can make a world of difference and offer hope during a dark time. This video highlights just two examples of extraordinary acts of kindness towards cancer patients.

When you get a diagnosis of cancer, the fight to survive becomes personal.  A unique set of challenges faces each cancer patient.  This special episode of TV Smart Talk, "Making It Personal," highlights advances like targeted-light therapy, robotic-assisted surgery and clinical trials now underway to find a recovery path that makes the most sense for each patient.

One of the lessons learned from witf's Facing Cancer Together series over the last few months is that medical science has come a long way in how cancers are diagnosed and treated.  A cancer diagnosis used to be about the same as a death sentence to many.

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