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Summer 2019 Issue

Momentum: Moving toward a future without cancer.


Picture This

The soothing touch of petting a dog, the delight of seeing its tail wag and that special connection of making eye contact are what patients at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) experience when Pet Team Volunteers make their calls. Pet teams at VICC are registered and evaluated through a national organization, such as Pet Partners or […]


It’s a quandary people often ponder: Is it better to know or not about a predisposition to disease? Cindy Betz decided to confront her unknown health risks. The 63-year-old Bardstown, Kentucky, woman gave a blood sample for a genetic screening study at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). The decision may have saved her life. The […]

My Story

People ask, “What’s it like to be an identical twin?” In my case, it feels normal to have someone who looks and sounds like me, has the same mannerisms, clothing and shoe size. But, it is a bit freaky when my twin sister, Randy, leaves a voice message and I think it’s me on the […]