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Charlie Smithgall

Kidney Cancer

Charlie Smithgall

Kidney Cancer

I love Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I’m 73 and I’ve lived in Lancaster my whole life. My family’s been a part of this town for more than 100 years. I own my family’s drugstore business that was started when my father opened a pharmacy in his mother’s living room in 1916. I even served as Mayor of Lancaster from 1998 to 2006, and I love my community. For the most part, things are peaceful. But in 2018, I almost lost everything. 

Barry Taitelman

Kidney Cancer

Barry Taitelman

Kidney Cancer

Becoming a grandfather was something I had been looking forward to for years. But just before I learned that my daughter-in-law was pregnant, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer. Instead of the overwhelming joy I had been anticipating, I was wracked with fear. I couldn’t bear the thought of getting to know my grandson and then not getting to be there to watch him grow up.

Al De Carlo

Kidney Cancer

Al De Carlo

Kidney Cancer

Now that I’m 74 and retired, I spend most of my time outside or in the garage. Since my service in the Navy, where I worked as a ship fitter, taking care of the plumbing and mechanical issues, I’ve always been fascinated with machines and how they work. So for me, as crazy as it seems to my wife, working outside, tinkering with machines, and splitting wood, isn’t hard work – it’s my playtime.

Mu Sang

Kidney Cancer

Mu Sang

Kidney Cancer

My doctor in China told me there was nothing to be done, and said I had only six months to live. I could not accept this. I wasn’t ready to give up.

Mahmood Saeed

Kidney Cancer

Mahmood Saeed

Kidney Cancer

After being diagnosed with Stage 4 renal cell carcinoma, Mahmood Saeed sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Prior to Fox Chase, other doctors only gave him a 5 percent chance of survival, but Fox Chase gave him hope. Today he takes a daily targeted therapy to keep the tumors from spreading; this treatment has greatly improved his quality of life. "I wouldn’t be here today without Dr. Reddy, my wife, and my faith," Mahmood said. "For my family, it wasn’t just one procedure or one doctor that led to healing—rather, it was the culmination of a healthy diet, support from family and friends, a positive attitude, and doctors working together as a team."

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