20 cancer stories that would inspire faith and courage

Cancer sucks, totally. 

It’s the blight of the land, the curse of this age.

My own dad died of ALS, or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. With no known cause and no known cure, I watched him go just like that.

So I guess I kind of know how it feels like to see a loved one being infected with cancer, feeling totally hopeless against such a force of mother nature (or even the whole universe itself).

But anyway, while we wait for a cure, there has been some amazing stories of recovery and resilience that really inspire the shit out of everything.

Let it be known that the human spirit alone can trump everything else, even in death. I compiled this just so you guys can feel less shitty, where ever you are.

20 cancer stories that would inspire faith and courage



Scott Nagy has late-stage metastatic urethral cancer. And he wanted to present for his daughter’s wedding. With the help of hospital staff and his family, it happened.

“There are no guarantees in life,” Nagy said. “This is a bonus”.



Talia Castellano was a young 13 year-old who battled two aggressive forms of cancer. But that didn’t dampen her positive spirit as she rocked YouTube with her makeup tutorials. She was so cool that she was invited to The Ellen Show.

She stated before that she was not afraid of dying, and that “When it’s my turn to go. I’ll be okay with that”.


Zach Lederer beat cancer as a child, but the cancer came back. Then he wanted to let everyone else know that he could do it again.

With this awesome pose he said, “If I make these muscles and show everyone how strong I am right now, they’ll stop worrying about me and think, ‘Oh he’ll be great.’”

He inspired an internet meme called Zaching. Google that shit.


Madeline Telfer battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma twice in 18 months. Doctors told her she was infertile after 300 frigging hours of chemo. But BAM! She got pregnant anyway. That’s her beautiful baby. When life throws shit at you, create a new life and throw it back.

She said: ‘I couldn’t believe it I did about five tests to make sure.

‘Life is now just fantastic. I couldn’t be happier. He is a little miracle.


Yael Cohen (pictured right) calls herself CCF (Chief Cancer Fucker). She started the charity Fuck Cancer when her own mom was diagnosed with cancer. The company spreads the message of early detection and has not only raised millions, but saved lives.

“Nobody talks about cancer until they have to, and then, it’s really all you can talk about”.


Fred Evans was determined to walk his daughters down the aisle. But after being diagnosed, he knew he couldn’t. So he did it anyway aww yeah. Fred told his daughter that just in case he would not be there the day they get married, he wanted to escort them down the aisle now.

Fred lost his battle to cancer on July 25, 2013.


Luke Allnutt, of saw his father die from a brain tumor. He wrote about it in his Kindle book, Unspoken. And now he has cancer himself and writes about at One Eyed Dog.

I stumbled upon his blog while doing research for this piece. I particularly love how he’s open about everything in his life. His candour is unwavering.

Or is it actually enhanced? Check out this piece he wrote: Cancer has turned me into an asshole.


Cody Green battled leukaemia his whole life. He beat it three times and became cancer free, but the chemotherapy pretty much destroyed his immune system and he died from an infection.

His mom said, ‘He never complained, he never said “why me?” or “I don’t want to do this”.

Throughout his short life, young cody always admired the U.S. Marines. Moved by his story, a local marine made him an honorary marine and stood guard at the hospital the night before Cody passed on. That’s respect.


Another army one! Brennan Daigle was diagnosed with cancer and was eventually given only 2 weeks to live. He asked for an Army-themed party, and the men and women of the National Guard out of Fort Polk answered. They made him an honorary member of the Army.

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The title of the blog says it all. The series of beautiful photographs by Angelo Merendino of his Wife, Jen show their fight with her cancer.

As Angelo put it, “My photographs show this daily life. They humanize the face of cancer, on the face of my wife. They show the challenge, difficulty, fear, sadness and loneliness that we faced, that Jennifer faced, as she battled this disease. Most important of all, they show our Love.  These photographs do not define us, but they are us.”

As Jennifer put, “Love every morsel of the people in your life.”

The way I like to think about this blog: Whatever challenges that come in your life, it can never stop you from creating art.


Ron Pearlman goes back into full makeup as Hellboy for 6-year old cancer patient. Hellz yeahz.


This story.


This picture. Taken from Imgur.


This other picture. Also from Imgur.


This other, other picture. Yes, Imgur.


This picture of supportive boyfriend. From Imgur again.


This girl-to-cancer-free-hot-girl picture. Also from Imgur.


7 year-old cancer patient Jack Hoffman scores a touchdown for Nebraska. Both teams celebrate.

Now let’s end this off with a song. Zach Sobiech, a teen who, after discovering he had osteosarcoma decided to use his talents of singing and playing the guitar to create this awesome song called Clouds.

“And we’ll go up, up, up,

but I’ll fly a little higher.  

We’ll go up in the clouds,

because the view is a littler nicer.  

Up here, my dear.  

It won’t be long now; it won’t be long now.”

All proceeds from Clouds will go to support the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund at Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Cancer may be the blight, but the human spirit always shines. Cause it’s fucking immune to everything. 


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  1. Sebastian - November 13, 2013 2:39 pm

    Not going to lie. By the time I got to Cody, I started tearing up.

    All of them are great. The first one is incredible. The wife crying… dude I’m going to cry.

    And the mom with the hot daughter, that was awesome!

    Sorry for your lost. I know that’s something you think about every day. Stay strong man.

    • alden - November 13, 2013 5:39 pm

      Yo dude,

      Yow, glad you got through the whole post though! Share the love man.


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