The Story Project

The Cancer Center’s Story Project is an effort to capture stories from our community of patients, friends, family, clinicians, and staff who have been affected by cancer in some way.
    Robbie Hutchison and John Hartley.
    Robbie Hutchison and John Hartley.
    Robbie Hutchison and John Hartley.

    Everyone has a story to tell.

    The Story Project is our effort to capture the stories from the people in our Mass General Cancer Center community: patients, friends, family, clinicians, and staff who have been affected by cancer in some way. Our hope is that people will benefit from sharing their stories and from reading other’s stories. View our newest stories:

    Read Gretchen's story

    Gretchen Borzi

    The discovery of a CDH1 gene mutation in the family led Gretchen Borzi on a journey of genetic testing and preventative surgery with a multidisciplinary team at Mass General Cancer Center.

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    Ann Malik

    Targeted therapy and world-class care at Mass General Cancer Center has given Ann Malik a new lease on life and a passion for inspiring others. Learn about her journey with ROS1-positive lung cancer.

    Read Katie Britton's story

    Katie Britton

    Faced with a breast cancer diagnosis, Katie Britton turned to resources at the Mass General Cancer Center to help keep her mind and body well during treatment.

    Read Rick & Sally Mastalerz's story

    Rick & Sally Mastalerz

    A colon cancer diagnosis was no match for airline pilot and member of the Air National Guard, Rick Mastalerz. Read about Rick and his wife Sally’s cancer experience at the Mass General Cancer Center.

    Read Alexa's story

    Alexa Morell

    Diagnosed with young-onset colorectal cancer at 29 years old, Alexa shares her journey navigating motherhood, cancer treatment, and advocating for others.

    Read Erin's story

    Erin Morrissey

    Months after college graduation, Mass General employee Erin Morrissey was diagnosed with a rare form of adrenal cancer. Erin shares more about working and living with cancer as a young adult.

    I’ve learned that life is too short and there’s so much we can offer one another.

    Iris Martinez

    Read Iris's story

    View More Stories

    Thank you to all of our patients, families and staff who have shared their stories with us. Our hope is that these stories provide insight into a person’s cancer experience, while also offering inspiration and support to others.

    Browse all stories:

    Adrenal cancer: Erin Morrissey

    Bile duct cancer: Geri Keegan

    Bone cancer: Trudi Fondren | Anthony & Nina Schifone

    Bone marrow transplant: Robbie Hutchison & John Hartley | Laura Melancon

    Breast cancer: Dianne Austin | William & Kathy Blake | Katie BrittonAnne Bunn | Lauren Corduck & Bob Cooperstein | Melissa DupuisRobbie Hutchison & John Hartley | Allison John | Stefanie London & Jonathan Reich | Michelle Wong

    Colorectal cancer: Lauren Hindman | Rick & Sally Mastalerz | Alexa Morell

    Early cancer detection: Gretchen Borzi

    Esophageal cancer: Bob O'Mara

    Lung cancer: Kelley Jones | Ann Malik | Linnea Olson | Allison & Rich Orpen | Jay PetriJerry Remy | Anthony & Nina Schifone

    Lymphoma: Eve BarkinLaura Melancon

    Melanoma: Linda & John Grosslein | Elana Schwam

    Multiple myeloma: Robbie Hutchison & John Hartley | Bill McKay | Robert McLean | Jean Moore

    Neuro-oncology: George Conti | Maryann Fitzgerald & Dr. Justin Jordan | Anthony & Nina Schifone | Nikki Schindler & family | Lindsay Strauss | Kent Taylor | Jordan Weil

    Ovarian cancer: Lauren Corduck & Bob CoopersteinDiana Masood & family | Iris Martinez | Kimberly Zukerberg

    Prostate cancer: William & Kathy Blake | Walter Richard Ristow

    Proton therapy: View proton therapy patient stories

    Psychiatric oncology: Amy Corvelyn, MSW  | Stefanie London & Jonathan Reich

    Staff: Natasha Barthe | Amy Corvelyn, MSW | Trudi Fondren | Maggie Joyce, RNDennis Lynch | Nicole Laurino, RNLaura Melancon | Kerri Molloy | Mac Moore | Cat Neville | Esther O'Dette, RNBob O'Mara

    More stories: Karen Coveney | Kathryn Goettsch | William Santoro


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