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Photo: Turning out for the cure

On her mark: Spokane resident Jackie Colton lines up for the start of the Susan G. Komen Eastern Washington Race for the Cure in downtown Spokane on Sunday morning. Colton, …


Beloved coach, teacher touched many with passion for life

When Pat Fiorillo, 48, died on March 9, he didn’t just leave behind a wife and two daughters. He also left an estimated 10,000 students – lives he’d touched during …


School Notes: Friendly competition nets about $7,000 for cancer

On Feb. 1, the staffs at Mt. Spokane and Mead high schools, along with Mountainside and Northwood middle schools, came together for a friendly game of hoops in the Hoops …


Terminal cancer can’t shake Supreme Court Justice’s spirit

Mary Fairhurst, a Washington state Supreme Court Justice with deep Spokane roots, is living with terminal colon cancer. It could take her life in six months or a year – …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2012, 11:04 a.m.

Komen drops plan to cut Planned Parenthood grants

After three days of controversy, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity says it is reversing its decision to cut breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood.


Cancer charity halts grants to Planned Parenthood

The nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is halting its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates — creating a bitter rift, linked to the abortion debate, between …


Memorial honors basketball player Talley’s zest for life

It’s 155 days until Hoopfest 2012, and if things had worked out differently, Jerry Talley would be on the basketball court in Peaceful Valley getting ready – snow or no …


Former principal battles lymphoma at 90, feels ‘not afraid’

John Rodkey was born in 1921 and lived his first years in the infamous Dust Bowl that blew away farmers’ futures at the same time the Great Depression hit. His …


Cancer impacts all parts of life

As a cancer survivor it is sometimes difficult to go a day without thinking about how life has changed. For me, there are still daily reminders such as medications, doctor …


Long fight against cancer draws two sisters closer

The year was 1996, the day after ice storm hit. Libby McGrory Hodges had a lot on her mind while she finished up clients at the hair salon where she …


Justice Fairhurst battling lung cancer with radiation

OLYMPIA – Washington state Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst is being treated for lung cancer. She has been going to a radiation clinic every day for the past seven weeks …


Motorcycle ride cancer fundraiser

The Inland Empire Motorcycle Coalition will hold its 10th annual ride on Saturday to benefit the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest, formerly Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest. …


Cancer survivor prepares for first triathlon

The day before Thanksgiving 2006, Susie Leonard Weller had a colonoscopy to check out a few troubling symptoms. When she woke up to the words “colorectal cancer” she was stunned …


Trike races help cancer organizations

Bill Heitner was just stopping in for a beer on his way home from work a couple of years ago. He had just moved to the Minnehaha neighborhood, and a …


Getting There: Indoor relay ride to raise funds for cancer fight

Mike Larsen, who runs a small business in Post Falls and teaches fitness part time, still hurts inside when he thinks about losing his father to cancer. “He was my …


Care close to home

Tony Lamanna has taken a break from fighting crime in Hillyard to take on something tougher: a rare form of plasma cancer threatening his life. The disease, a multiple myeloma …


‘Go, stop, rest’

A life’s chapter can be filled with heights a person will never forget and lows they’d rather never existed. That was 2010 for Carissa Outen and her mother, Gwen Ashcraft, …


Elizabeth Edwards gravely ill with cancer

Elizabeth Edwards over the past six years has seen her husband’s presidential ambitions thwarted, retreated from public life as their marriage disintegrated over his affair, then emerged to advocate for …


How to pay for cancer treatments a growing concern

Soon after Valerie Berry was diagnosed with breast cancer, her thoughts turned to money. Even with private health insurance covering 80 percent of her costs, the bills soon stacked up. …


Assessor discusses recovery from eye cancer

People who look closely might notice that one of Spokane County Assessor Ralph Baker’s eyes doesn’t move with the other. They might even figure out that his left eye is …


Son’s cancer motivates mom to plan walk event

In 2006, Shelley Schneider noticed what she thought was a bug bite on her son’s stomach – but the bite didn’t go away. When she took 8-year-old Clayton to the …


Cancer makes event even more meaningful for Rose

Brigham Young University men’s basketball coach Dave Rose has always given his time generously to support cancer-stricken patients and assist fundraising for cancer research, but it’s taken on new meaning …


Cancer makes event even more meaningful for coach

Brigham Young University men’s basketball coach Dave Rose has always given his time generously to support cancer-stricken patients and assist fundraising for cancer research, but it’s taken on new meaning …


Radiation enhances prostate cancer treatment

CHICAGO – Doctors are reporting a key advance in treating men with cancer that has started to spread beyond the prostate: Survival is significantly better if radiation is added to …


Melanoma drug promising

CHICAGO – Researchers have scored the first big win against melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. An experimental drug significantly improved survival in a major study of people with …


Ovarian cancer tests show promise

Researchers may finally be closing in on a way to screen healthy women for ovarian cancer – a disease that rarely shows symptoms until it’s too late to cure. A …


Prostate cancer therapy OK’d by FDA

LOS ANGELES – The Food and Drug Administration approved a new immune-boosting therapy for prostate cancer on Thursday, the first therapeutic vaccine for cancer ever approved by the agency. The …


Study affirms colon cancer screenings

A single sigmoidoscopy between ages 55 and 64 can reduce deaths from colorectal cancer by at least 43 percent, British researchers reported Tuesday. The results from the first large randomized …


Study finds psychedelics benefit cancer patients

NEW YORK – The big white pill was brought to her in an earthenware chalice. She’d already held hands with her two therapists and expressed her wishes for what it …


Study backs 2 drugs in breast cancer fight

Older women at higher risk for breast cancer now have two good drug options for preventing the disease, but they will have to weigh the trade-offs, a major study shows. …