Americas Charities | June 30, 2014

Reflections of a Daughter of a Prostate Cancer Survivor

By Melissa Stewart

I can remember sitting in the San Francisco airport on an August afternoon in 2008. I was annoyed because my flight was delayed for over 5 hours and all I wanted to do was get home. Then I got the call.

My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

At the time, he was 65 years old, single and living 2000 miles away from my brother and me. Within a week I was on a flight to help him make some big decisions. I was armed with information, connections and suggestions that I gained from my career in oncology. I knew that my arsenal of cancer information was going to be useful since my dad isn’t exactly the most computer-savvy and has barely spent any time in hospitals or with doctors. I felt lucky, but it was still my dad and I felt equally as helpless as I felt prepared.

Deciding how to fight prostate cancer is particularly challenging because of the wide variety of treatment options. It’s such a personal choice and there are pros and cons to each. After attending many appointments, reading, discussing and having conversations with my dad I never thought I would, I was able to help him make the best decision for his case.

>> Continue Reading

>> Donate to the LIVESTRONG Foundation

Get Our Fundraising Insights Straight To Your Inbox

Explore More Articles

Funds Management Associate

February 24, 2024

Department:  Charitable Funds Management Solutions We are a non-profit charitable organization looking for skilled individuals who can coordinate multiple client requirements related to fund processing…

Read Article
World Sleep Day

World Sleep Day

February 20, 2024

World Sleep Day, which takes place on March 15th in 2024 ( March 14, 2025 for those who like to plan ahead), was founded by…

Read Article
EMP. App. Day

Employee Appreciation Day

February 20, 2024

Taking place on the first Friday of March each year, Employee Appreciation Day is the perfect time to show your gratitude for the hardworking staff…

Read Article

Get Resources and Insights Straight To Your Inbox

Receive our monthly/bi-monthly newsletter filled with information about causes, nonprofit impact, and topics important for corporate social responsibility and employee engagement professionals, including disaster response, workplace giving, matching gifts, employee assistance funds, volunteering, scholarship award program management, grantmaking, and other philanthropic initiatives.

newsletter-mock