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 special group of cancer survivors look forward to what life has in store for them.  And, many hope to use their own wisdom to help others navigate their experience with facing cancer.  Watch this video for inspiration and please let us know what you’re looking forward to in a comment.

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.

(Lancaster) -- Luminarias are a holiday tradition in many midstate communities. On Wednesday, December 28th, the lantern-like display will raise awareness for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Hershey.

(Philadelphia) -- The holidays can bring out the best and worst in people - including anger and bitterness. One pastor says letting go of negative emotions can actually help people improve their health and even fight cancer.

This holiday season, cancer survivors and family members reflect on how cancer has been a gift in their lives.

Kristin Gilhool and Marc Hirschler inherited a lot from their mother…bright smiles and a zest for life.  But, they also inherited a heightened risk for cancer.

I met this particular patient in the summer of 2009.  His story was very typical of a lot of patients I saw that day.  He was recently diagnosed with cancer of the stomach and esophagus.  As is typical of patients with this cancer, his symptoms were very subtle in the beginning of his course.  His problems began with some mild abdominal pain that appeared vague in nature.   He ignored them for the most part.  He was busy, as most patients are, with the day to day activities involved in raising kids and supporting a family.  He thought it was just an upset stomach and put it on the back burner.

The holiday season is usually a happy time.  The hustle and bustle bring excitement to adults as well as children.  But not everyone is joyous.  In fact, for those who have lost a loved one since the last holiday or just recently, the holiday season can a period of profound sadness.

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