Patient Stories


Billy Underhill lifts his smiling son William. Billy values the support his family has received from the Patient Care Fund.

We are proud of the caliber of care we offer at the Lifespan Cancer Institute. Perhaps the best compliment we can receive is when patients share their inspiring stories with us.

Dan Belvin, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor
"There are people who will help every step of the way."

Sandra Bessacini, Breast Cancer Survivor
"Anything that distracts from what really matters, you deal with it and move on."

Joseph Eastman, Stage Four Gastric Cancer Survivor
"You don't have to leave Rhode Island to receive cutting-edge medical care."

Margaret Economos, Breast Cancer Survivor
"I want women who are facing early stage breast cancer to know that they have options."

Bruce Jacobson, Biliary Duct Cancer Survivor
"They made what's really an unbearable situation into something you could get through."

Melinda Knight, Breast Cancer Survivor
"Breast cancer is not the end of the world."

George Panas, Acute Myeloid Leukemia Survivor
"A positive outlook is one of the most important things you can have in the fight against this disease."

Rich Pelletier, Colon Cancer Survivor
"From surgery, through treatment and doctor visits, I got just as good care as if I went anywhere else."

Linda Tulino, Breast Cancer Survivor
"It's all about your attitude."

Billy Underhill, Liposarcoma Survivor
"Without the help, I don’t know where I would be."