To the Folks at The Southwest Virginia Cancer Center…

by Brandon

Wikipedia describes a hero as “a person… who, in the face of danger, combats adversity through impressive feats of ingenuity, bravery or strength, often sacrificing his or her own personal concerns for some greater good.”

That sums up every single person I’ve ever met at the Southwest Virginia Cancer Center.

And yes, I mean everybody.

The nurses. The doctors. The nurse practitioners. The volunteers. The techs. The schedulers. The patients.


They all fit that incredible definition of a hero.

No matter how I feel going in for a treatment, those people always manage to make me feel better. Even when the chemo itself is pouring through my veins, the people at the Cancer Center counteract that pain with their own kindness.

When I celebrate little victories, they celebrate with me. When I face new challenges, they face them with me. When I’m weak, they offer me strength. When I need a hug, they give it. When I act like a child, they tolerate it.

The people who work there (paid and volunteer) get up every morning, kiss their loves ones goodbye for the day, then head off to work… where they save lives… over and over and over again, every single day.

But that’s not all they do.

These folks don’t just fight the battle for the patients. They give the patients the strength to fight it themselves.

When I first started going to the Cancer Center, I assumed I would hate that place. I mean, it’s associated with some pretty horrible pain, after all.

But to my own amazement, that didn’t happen.

Instead, the Cancer Center has become a safe place for me. It has become a place that gives me strength and inspiration. Just watching these guys work so hard to keep so many people alive and comfortable inspires me in ways I can never truly explain.

For me, that Cancer Center is more than just the place that’s helping me beat this cancer… it’s the place that’s helping me get my life back.

So to the men and women at the Southwest Virginia Cancer Center, let me just say this…

I absolutely will beat this cancer, and it’s largely because of you.

You folks are more than my friends…

You’re my heroes.

Thank you for all that you do, thank you for all that have done, and thank you for all that you will do.

You guys are proof that love is still the most powerful force in the universe.



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