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Why I’m Thankful for Cancer Research

Posted on November 17, 2016, 2:00 PM

Stand Up To Cancer is a cause near and dear to Nancy Kinman’s heart. When her mother, Viola was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly 28 years ago, it was a radical mastectomy and nine long months of chemotherapy that ultimately saved her life. Since then, breast cancer treatments have dramatically improved along with patient survival rates. Much of this progress is thanks to cancer research, improved treatments, and early screening methods.

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From L to R, Nancy’s mom, Viola, and Nancy.

In addition to her mother, Nancy’s two nieces are cancer survivors, both diagnosed in their 20’s just 60 days apart. Nancy’s second mother, Maureen, is an ovarian cancer survivor. Her mentor is a cancer survivor. The list goes on.

As someone with such personal connections to cancer, Nancy was proud when she learned her employer, Fifth Third Bank, had forged a partnership with Stand Up To Cancer. “I had seen a few of the telethons on TV,” remembers Nancy. “I thought it was such a bold and fascinating approach to cancer research and I was thrilled to see Fifth Third supporting such an important initiative.”

When Nancy had the opportunity to meet and speak with Stand Up To Cancer Co-Founder Rusty Robertson, she became an even bigger supporter of the kind of research SU2C funds. “Learning about Stand Up To Cancer’s innovative approach to research was personal for me because I have so many family and friends who have faced cancer,” Nancy says. “The idea that researchers must continue to work together and collaborate to help accelerate the discovery of new treatments for several different types of cancer resonated with me.”

Nancy continued to Stand Up To Cancer, as a Fifth Third Bank Volunteer Captain at a Bengals vs. Broncos NFL game earlier this year. She and other volunteers encouraged fans to take an SU2C placard to participate in the Stand Up To Cancer moment during the game. Watching everyone take a moment to stand in honor of loved ones touched by the disease was inspiring. “When I was standing there, talking to fans as they filled out their placards, I noticed just how many folks were standing in honor of a loved one lost to cancer,” Nancy recalls. “It shouldn’t be that way. It reinforced why we must continue to stand and support research that’s paving the way for potentially life-saving treatments.”

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Nancy at the Bengals vs. Broncos game volunteering for Fifth Third Bank

When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer; your world can quickly be turned upside down. Nancy knows all too well, why we must continue to support research that’s making an impact. “I’m grateful for cancer research,” she says. “It has given life back to so many people I love.” She’s proud to stand alongside Stand Up To Cancer and Fifth Third Bank to keep fighting for an end to cancer, simply because she cares. She cares about every person who has to face cancer and every person who has lost a loved one to the disease. “I’m so thankful that there are organizations like SU2C working tirelessly to make cancer a thing of the past.” Nancy shares, “I would love to think that one day no one will have to worry about losing anyone they love to this disease.”

Fifth Third Bank is proud to stand with employees like Nancy who continue to care and support innovative cancer research that’s getting new treatments to patients faster than ever before. They know that when it comes to cancer, there are many ways to stand up and fight it. Learn more about how they are supporting SU2C research through their #HowIFight campaign here.


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