Dave HuffordDave Hufford

Lung Cancer Survivor

"You can't stop your life because of a bad diagnosis," insists Dave Hufford. "Many cancers are very treatable." Dave is a retired English teacher, world traveler, award-winning poet and budding novelist who received a potentially devastating diagnosis on Christmas Eve 2004.

He had stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer, with an inoperable tumor the size of a banana. Dave's customized treatment plan involved chemotherapy, radiation therapy and cryosurgery from a multidisciplinary team that included oncologist Robert Langdon Jr., MD, and pulmonologist Matthew McLeay, MD.

Dave lives an active life, rejecting fear and embracing each new day. "I've been blessed," he explains. "I write, I travel, I give poetry readings, I enjoy my family. I have been able to do the things I love, and I won't stop. I'm not done yet."