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Meet the Hichkad Family

Amanda Hichkad has stage IV cancer that started as cervical cancer in 2008 but spread to her spine, lungs, and liver. She’s been through surgeries, radiation, and 13 rounds of chemotherapy, and she visits doctors several times a week to keep the illness under control.

That’s all in addition to being the mother of three boys

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Meet the Coleman Family

Mike Coleman wears a patch to treat tumors in his brain that his 5-year-old daughter, Leah, calls his “snow cap.”

Leah has started kindergarten, joined the Girl Scouts, and loves dancing and Disney princesses. Although she may not know the technical term for her dad’s Novocure device, the Colemans from Lock Haven, Penn., started making efforts to

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Meet the Kramer Family

Last year the Kramers from Indiana went on their first family trip: an all-expenses-paid Legacy Retreat® in Orlando. Nolan, 5, and Aryka, 3, still talk about

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Meet the Newcome Family

Lori Newcome didn’t know about Huntington’s Disease until her father-in-law was diagnosed when she was a teenager.

The genetic disease affects one in 10,000 Americans, according to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. It damages brain cells and involves a variety of physical and emotional symptoms as it slowly progresses.

Four years ago, Lori's husband, Brian, began acting differently and was forced

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Meet the Herbster Family

After nearly 18 years of marriage, Matt Herbster didn’t know how much more time he had with his high school sweetheart, Julie. She was 38 years old when she was diagnosed with colon cancer last year, and the disease quickly spread to her liver.

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Meet the Guereca Family

Lorenza Guereca doesn’t often let other people see what a challenge living with cancer has been.

She said strong faith keeps her positive after years of treatments. Lorenza, who lives with her husband and daughter in Lafayette, In., said she doesn’t dwell on her illness and makes the effort to maintain an optimistic attitude despite multiple diagnoses, hair loss, and hospital visits.

“You always see me with a smile,” she said. “I don’t think people realize how stressful it is.”

The stress began when

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Meet the Hull Family

“There’s a really big need to tell your story,” said Julie Hull of Eagan, Minn.

Julie’s husband, Ken, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer after a blood clot was found in his calf three years ago. Ken was a long-distance runner, and the cancer stunned Julie and their 12-year-old son, Sam.

“It drew us into a totally different plane,” Julie said.

Soon the Hulls were making routine hospital visits. Ken underwent 18 rounds of chemotherapy, 10 rounds of radiation, and two brain surgeries.

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Meet the Loving Family

The first time Kimberly Loving received mail about Inheritance of Hope and its Legacy Retreats®, she placed the letter in a basket and walked away.

“I was so sick I couldn’t think about it,” she said.

It wasn’t until months later

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Meet the Lampe Family

This summer you can find the Lampe kids from Germantown, Ill., swimming at local pools and water parks.

“They don’t need big trips to a lot of places,” Lisa Lampe, mother of 10-year-old Jack and 6-year-old Jordyn, said. “If we go bowling one day, they’ll say this was the best day ever.”

Lisa said she and her kids have a special appreciation for the fun road-trip days that come between chemotherapy treatments and lab results.

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Meet the Ricciardellis

“I can’t believe this is coming out of my mouth,” Kristen Ricciardelli said, “but I actually think it’s easier to be an active cancer patient than a post-cancer patient.”

She spoke from experience.

The mother of four from Milwaukee was still breast feeding her 8-month-old daughter when

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