Cancer Story Wall: An online resource created by you

Submit a personal story about the impact of cancer on your life. Read, share, and connect through the shared stories of others. Everyone is welcome to share their stories – patients, survivors, doctors, caregivers, loved ones, friends, schoolmates, teachers, neighbors, coworkers. We are all part of “The Story of Cancer.” Share Your Story

Janesa Weber  

Jenesa’s Story

The following is the first post of my blog I was diagnosed with TWO types of appendices cancer when I was 31, just 2.5 years ago. "Back story, starting in May of 2010 when I was about 20 weeks pregnant with Liam I began having intermittant, horrible pain in my lower, right abdomen.…More

Peggie Sherry  

Peggie’s Story

When you hear the dreadful words ‘You have Cancer’ you will go numb I call is Zombie Time. Sheer terror will take you there. There are a million questions that will go through your mind. Am I going to die? How am I going to tell my husband… parents… siblings… children… coworkers… friends? Am I going to lose my breast/breasts… hair? Will I be able to work? How did this happen? How sick am I going to get? …More


About the Documentary Series

A three-part, six-hour documentary series directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman and executive produced by Ken Burns, CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. At six hours, the film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures.

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Special Cancer-Related Programming on WEDU

WEDU Arts Plus

Premiered March 19, 2015 | In this episode of WEDU Arts Plus, aiming to raise awareness about cancer and its effects, a new kind of canvas is helping to change the lives of female cancer survivors, cancer patients experience the therapeutic power of the arts, a serious diagnosis fuels an artistic surge, and enter the past and present through photography. Watch Full Episode

Up Close with Cathy Unruh

Premiered March 19, 2015 | New types of innovative and nontraditional cancer treatments, research and funding are making a real difference in remission rates and quality of life for patients. Many of these breakthroughs are happening right here in the Tampa Bay Area. A roundtable of doctors, businesspeople and cancer survivors discuss new options for patients. Watch Full Episode


Free Preview Screening held March 23, 2015

3/23/15 at Tampa Theatre

WEDU PBS held a free preview screening of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a three-part, six-hour documentary series directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman and executive produced by Ken Burns, on March 23, 2015 at Tampa Theatre. We were joined by Jeffrey Weber, MD, PhD, a specialist in cancer immunotherapy, and Roslyn Franken, author, motivational speaker and cancer survivor, as well as representatives from the American Cancer Society.

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Event Speakers

Jeffrey Weber  

Jeffrey Weber, MD, PhD

A specialist in cancer immunotherapy, Dr. Weber is principal investigator (PI) on several ongoing studies funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), including trials in clinical drug development, vaccines, and studies on autoimmunity and melanoma. He has been continuously NCI R01 funded for the last 16 years. He is also the Principal Investigator and Director of the Moffitt Skin Cancer SPORE (P50) NCI grant, a collaborative, multi-project translational research program. He has published more than 100 articles in the top peer-reviewed journals in his field including New England Journal of Medicine, Clinical Cancer Research, Journal of Clinical Oncology and Nature Medicine. He currently sits on the scientific advisory boards of four cancer-related biotechnology companies.

Roslyn Franken  

Roslyn Franken

Author, Motivational Speaker & Cancer Survivor

When diagnosed with cancer at the young age of 29, Roslyn Franken fought back to become a long-term survivor. As a world-class motivational speaker and best-selling author of The A List, she now speaks passionately about her empowering journey from fear to fight, worrier to warrior and victim to victory in the face of the life-threatening cancer that changed her life. Roslyn has shared her personal wisdom, proven techniques and positive inspiration with thousands of people world-wide on how to lighten up for good to live a happy, healthy and resilient life.