KCCure Blog

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Jack Vitale

Jack Vitale is a stage 4 kidney cancer survivor. He shares how he's managed his diagnosis, treatments and side-effects and how he lives every day with kidney cancer. This is his story.

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Bryan Lewis

Bryan Lewis was diagnosed with kidney cancer when he was just 46 years old. At the time he was the new father of one-year old twins and had recently been promoted at a leading national trade association. He is married to a wonderful and smart woman, and lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today, he is the voice of kidney cancer on Capitol Hill leading the Kidney Cancer Action Network. He also serves as a member of the KCCure Patient Advisory Board. This is his story.

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Kimberly Brown

Kimberly Brown faced a kidney cancer diagnosis right after the birth of her third child. Read her inspiring story about how she is surviving and managing the anxiety of living with kidney cancer.

HLRCC – Papillary Kidney Cancer

Laura Esfeller was diagnosed with stage 4 type 2 papillary kidney cancer when she was only 29 years old. She would later learn that she also has a rare genetic condition called Hereditary Leiomyomatosis and Renal Cell Cancer (HLRCC), also known as Reed’s Syndrome. This is her story.

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Jennifer Lehman

Jennifer Lehman is a mother of four and a kidney cancer survivor. Read her story about how things went wrong when she was initially diagnosed with kidney cancer, but how she's free of cancer today!

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Irfan Dasti

When Irfan was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer, doctors left him with little hope. But he perservered and sought out treatment with high dose IL-2. Eight years later, he's still free of disease. Read his amazing story of kidney cancer survivorship.

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Michael B. Lawing

Michael B. Lawing is a 20 year survivor of kidney cancer and a passionate patient advocate for others.  In addition to his many roles in the cancer community, he is co-chair of the Patient Advisory Board for KCCure. We're grateful for his service. This is his story.

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Laura Loughlin

Laura Loughlin is a stage 4 survivor of renal cell carcinoma. Following a nephrectomy and radiation to her thyroid, she's now under regular surveillance for her kidney cancer. This is her story.

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Adam Philip Stern, MD

Adam Stern, MD, is a psychiatrist and director of psychiatric applications at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He shares his unique story as a physician, about what it's like to go from being in good health to living with kidney cancer. 

Women who Inspire – Pattie and Katherine

In honor of International Women's Day, today's Voice of Kidney Cancer is Katherine Canupp. Read her beautiful tribute to her mother Pattie Canupp who inspired her to pursue a career in oncology research. 

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Christine Farrell-LaPage

Christine Farrell-LePage is a long-term survivor of stage 3 translocation Xp11.2 Renal Cell Carcinoma, a rare subtype of kidney cancer that is more frequently seen in pediatric cases, but is rising in incidence in adults. This is her story.

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Herman Connor

On April 19, 2012, Herman Connor was diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive form of kidney cancer, renal medullary carcinoma.  Herman's story is a reminder that regardless of the prognosis, there is always hope.  Below is his story told by his sister Cora, who is one of the world's leading advocates for RMC research and awareness.

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