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Back Against the Wall: My Walk With Cancer

Back Against the Wall: My Walk With Cancer is the story of one man’s experience with the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer and his miraculous healing and post-treatment life. HNC Living Foundation is honored to be the recipient of the proceeds from the sale of this newly-published book. Bill’s story: Bill Whitaker spent his early years working on the family dairy farm. By the time he was in his late teens, his lifestyle earned him the nickname “Wildman.” After high school, he worked in construction, training as a concrete placement specialist and rising to the position [...]

2018-04-25T12:00:32-05:00November 16th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Back Against the Wall: My Walk With Cancer

MASKS for AID 2017 – voices

Thank you to everyone who supported #MASKSforAID: voices and joined us at the event on Saturday! Guests heard inspiring stories of challenges, courage and transformation from those living with head and neck cancer, enjoyed original works of art created from radiation masks in a unique silent auction, and relished sumptuous food and beverages. 2017 Event Photos Voices of Survivors Voices of Survivors [...]

2018-04-25T19:01:56-05:00April 14th, 2017|Events, MASKS for AID|0 Comments

“You Gave Me Back My Smile”

HNC Living Foundation is funding a denture program at Cancer Action (Kansas City.) Learn how this program is making a difference in the lives of head and neck cancer patients.   By Shirley Gibson and Thomas Brooks What can partnerships do? The answer – we can give people back their smile. Cancer Action received a grant from the HNC Living Foundation to begin a Pilot program providing dentures to head and neck cancer patients who have had their teeth removed due to treatment. HNC Living Foundation was formed in December 2013 by Tom and Teresa Walsh [...]

2018-04-25T14:44:18-05:00August 30th, 2016|News, Video|Comments Off on “You Gave Me Back My Smile”

50 Facts about Oral, Head and Neck Cancer

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer most commonly refers to squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue, throat, and voice box. However, often, head and neck cancer also refers to other types of cancer that arises in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, thyroid glands, salivary glands, throat, or voice box. HPV or human papillomavirus appears to be responsible for the rise in cancers of the oropharynx (tonsil and base of tongue) in younger nonsmokers and is related to oral sex. Tobacco and alcohol use are the leading causes of mouth and voice box cancers. Cancers of the head and [...]

2018-04-23T22:36:37-05:00August 18th, 2015|Resources|Comments Off on 50 Facts about Oral, Head and Neck Cancer

Cancer Patients Have New Resource For Financial Support

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (August 4, 2014) A local foundation that will provide financial support to head and neck cancer patients has received its nonprofit status, and also hired its first executive director. The HNC Living Foundation will provide financial aid for head and neck cancer patients during or after treatment to help improve their recovery and quality of life. HNC Living Foundation is the brainchild of Teresa and Tom Walsh, co-owners of Lenexa-based Silpada Designs. In 2013, Teresa was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in her jawbone and underwent treatment at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Throughout [...]

2018-04-26T18:38:52-05:00August 4th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Cancer Patients Have New Resource For Financial Support
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