Category: Survivor Spotlight

Survivor Spotlight: Caroline Tunkel is a 3-Time Cancer Survivor

Facing cancer once is a challenge, but Amelia Island resident, Caroline Tunkel, is a three-time cancer survivor who refuses to let the disease win. She now dedicates her time to speaking about her cancer journey and providing mentorship, encouragement and guidance to patients who have been recently diagnosed.

Survivor Spotlight: 9 years later, Judy Parnitzke looks back on her cervical cancer treatment

When Judy Parnitzke learned she had cervical cancer, she immediately knew she needed to trust her instincts and follow the treatment plan her doctors recommended. Nine years later, she looks back at her time at Ackerman Cancer Center and how her faith, family, and doctors got her through her treatment time.

Survivor Spotlight: Breast Cancer Survivor Karelyn Lotz Gives Back to Those in Need

When Karelyn Lotz was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2016, she put her years as a nurse midwife into practice by staying calm, cool, and collected. “The diagnosis was a surprise,” she says, “but I’m a nurse, so I wasn’t shocked.” (Please click photo to access article.)

Survivor Spotlight: Tom Flynn Found Unexpected Community while Undergoing Proton Therapy

Former Notre Dame National Champion Tom Flynn was determined to treat his prostate cancer with proton therapy, but Jacksonville was nearly four hours away from his home in South Florida. Luckily, through one of Ackerman Cancer Center’s social workers and the Notre Dame Club of Greater Jacksonville, Mr. Flynn was able to find a home and a community as he underwent cancer treatment. (Click photo to access article.)

Survivor Spotlight: For Mike Field, Proton Therapy Means Smooth Sailing

Following a 31-year career at Anheuser Busch, Michael Field was looking forward to slipping into retirement. He purchased a 25-foot Hunter sailboat and spent many of his days sailing along the St. Johns River with family and friends. For a few years, it was smooth sailing, but then a visit to the urologist revealed Mike had a higher than normal PSA – a substance produced by the prostate gland that, at increased levels, is indicative of prostate cancer.

Survivor Spotlight: Joseph Nixon

“My heart was in my throat because I knew I wanted Proton Therapy,” the retired jumbo jet pilot says. (Click photo to access article.)

Survivor Spotlight: Cervical Cancer Survivor Liz McQuade Pays It Forward

It is not often that we get a second chance in life, but British-born Liz McQuade is living proof that it can happen. This go-round, she plans to make every day count.

Survivor Spotlight: RB Juneau’s Proton Therapy Experience

RB Juneau knows the ingredients for a quality life. He has been married to his wife Mary for almost 50 years, raised three children, and is the proud grandfather to five more. The energetic 69-year-old takes care of his health and stays fit by walking six miles every morning. That is why he was stunned when a minor surgical procedure revealed that he had prostate cancer.

Survivor Spotlight: Alan Margolies on Early Cancer Detection, Survivorship, & Keeping a Zest for Life

“It’s frightening to find you have cancer. There’s an uneasiness – you’re moving into something unknown,” says Alan Margolies. But Alan placed so much trust in Dr. Ackerman and the quality of the practice that he “never had a doubt he would be okay.”

Survivor Spotlight: Pat Killingsworth Blazing the Trail to Survivorship

When 57-year-old Pat Killingsworth was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2007, he never dreamed how the disease would change his life. Given only three to four years to live, the ex-history teacher turned successful real estate professional got busy learning all he could about bone marrow cancer.