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Cancer Research at the
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
& Research Institute

Meet Our OPACT Advocates


Lisa Cerullo Gilroy

Debilitated by a massive tumor, Lisa went to the doctor and learned that she had stage IV nonHodgkin’s lymphoma. She participated in a clinical trial which resulted in an earlier-than-expected recovery. Lisa supports women worrying about the impact of treatment on fertility and what to expect in a clinical trial.

Leila Hamroun

Leila is a breast cancer survivor – and the mother of three children. Leila got regular check-ups, never smoked and had no family history of breast cancer. Yet, she developed stage II breast cancer. Leila gives back by participating in a trial and supporting other clinical trial participants.

Danny Fisher

Danny was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 and after doing a lot of research he opted to participate in a hormone suppression clinical trial. He also underwent five weeks of radiation therapy and had radioactive seeds implanted. Danny takes pride in educating others with prostate cancer and supports participation in clinical trials.

Lisa Lankford

Lisa was diagnosed with stage IIB Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2014, after finding an enlarged lymph node under her arm. Her cancer required intensive chemotherapy and radiation therapy and Lisa joined a clinical trial that looked at the effect of exercise on her level of fatigue during treatment. She helps others cope with cancer by sharing her experiences with cancer and clinical trials.

Linda Larrimore

Linda was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2011 and has participated in several clinical trials. She is a passionate advocate for colon cancer screening and clinical trial participation. She states “without the trials and the volunteers participating in them, how will we find a cure?”

John Mantakounis

John was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2010. After obtaining a second opinion, he decided to enroll in a clinical trial offered by ChristianaCare. John now shares his lifechanging experience with others through clinical trial advocacy.

Bob Pietschmann

Bob is a survivor of a rare head and neck cancer; he was diagnosed in 2009. Found in just one lymph node, this cancer required both chemotherapy and radiation therapy. After benefiting from a randomized clinical trial, Bob gladly helps others go through the clinical trial process.

Judy Wyatt

Judy was diagnosed with stage I invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast at the age of 38 when her son was just three years old. She participated in a five year clinical trial which studied the effects of ovarian suppression in premenopausal women. Judy reaches out to others by mentoring recently diagnosed breast cancer patients with small children and by supporting others interested in clinical trials.

Cancer Research Program
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute
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