I started out 2021 as an active, healthy 26-year-old transgender man. I was an avid hiker. I was engaged, and I was on my way to a promotion at my job. But by early 2022, I was also a cancer survivor living with HIV.
I am 78 years old and have owned horses for 68 of those years. I am a cowboy through and through. My father gave me my first pony when I was just five years old and my first horse when I was 10. I have had hundreds of horses since.
At 31, Tierra Ryan was a young professional woman, working as a pharmacist and a medical writer for a large pharmaceutical company, when she was shocked to learn she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Fox Chase Cancer Center was one of two hospitals her doctor recommended. Tierra underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy at Fox Chase, and in November 2014 was placed on surveillance because her cancer was in remission. Today, she still works in the pharmaceutical industry, but as a medical science liaison focusing on oncology. "I’m truly thankful to the doctors and staff at Fox Chase because they saved my life," Tierra said. "Because of them, I have a long life ahead of me."
For Montgomery County Controller Diane Morgan, becoming a financial donor to Fox Chase Cancer Center was about much more than just writing a check. Diane experienced Fox Chase care first hand when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 39 in 1987.
"The news was devastating," she recalled. Always a dynamo, Diane was married, running her own rehabilitation therapy business and the mother of 2 teen-age daughters. "One of my tennis buddies had died from Hodgkin's, so naturally, I was concerned."