Patient Stories

Voice of Kidney Cancer – James

"I realize that there is no avoiding death from this disease, so I plan for its eventuality but I refuse to stop living. Cancer does not define me." James is a stage 4 kidney cancer survivor and this is is his story.

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Julie Shill

Julie is a stage 4 kidney cancer survivor and author of the blog: Julie's Not Dying Today. Her latest post about working with Sonya Owens, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker on managing emotional aspects of cancer is something that all patients can benefit from. Thank you Julie for educating and inspiring!

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Deb Gottsleben

Deb Gottsleben is co-chair of the KCCure Patient Advisory Board and a passionate advocate for better care for patients with newly diagnosed renal tumors.

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Paul Vollmer

Today’s Voice of Kidney Cancer is a truly unique story of spontaneous remission. For the skeptics among us it is a story that one would expect to find in the sensationalist headlines of the tabloids in the supermarket checkout lanes. However, the story is real. This is Paul's story.

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Larry Mazella

Today's Voice of Kidney Cancer, Larry Mazella shares how he was diagnosed and how he chose to participate in two different kidney cancer clinical trials. Even though his first treatment option wasn't successful, he was able to enroll in a second clinical trial that is continuing to shrink his cancer.

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Bill Paseman

Today's Voice of Kidney Cancer is Bill Paseman.  In addition to being a survivor of papillary kidney cancer, he also serves on the KCCure Patient Advisory Board. Read Bill's story and how he's trying to use Silicon Valley style events to gather more information about this rare subtype of kidney cancer.

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Kathleen Farrell

Today's Voice of Kidney Cancer is Kathleen Farrell.  March 28th is her ten-year kidney cancerserversary.  Ten years later, she shares the ups and downs of her journey. I think we all can agree - her spirit is inspiring! 

Voice of Kidney Cancer – George Hall

George Hall is a stage IV kidney cancer survivor and member of the KCCure Patient Advisory Board. He shares his story and how having a committed caregiver and trust in his medical care team have contributed to a hopeful outlook.

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Team Chema

Maria Teresa Fahy lost her beloved father, Chema, to kidney cancer. But in that loss, she found strength in others and today is devoted to kidney cancer patient advocacy. In addition to running the Facebook page Team Chema, she also serves on the KCCure Patient Advisory Board.

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Johanna Allen

Today's Voice of Kidney Cancer is Johanna Allen. She writes about losing. her mother to the disease and how hard it was when they ran out of treatment options.  Her story is a call to action for more kidney cancer research - so no doctor has to say and no patient has to hear, "we have no more options."  We couldn't agree more. Thank you Johanna.  

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Patricia Nichols

Patricia Nichols is a survivor of chromophobe renal cell carcinoma. As a young single mother, she struggled with access to care and the fear and anxiety that go along with a cancer diagnosis. Today, because she found an exceptional care team, she's free of cancer. This is her story.

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Robin Martinez

Robin Martinez is the coordinator of communities at and has been counseling kidney cancer patients for over twenty years. Prior to launching SmartPatients, she was co-listowner for the Kidney-One mailing list. This is her story.

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