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.
Category: Survivor Spotlight
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.
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.)
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.
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.