In 2014, Valerie was diagnosed with locally advanced breast cancer. In this short film directed by award-winning filmmaker David Gelb, see how science not only saved her life, but allowed her to continue her journey as a wife, mother, and special education teacher.
I love the idea of being able to impact someone’s life, to change it forever. I wanted to be that teacher for my students so that when they graduate, I want them to go back and say: “Mrs. Hamilton always told me that I was valuable – that I have value and worth in my life.”
I was here in this room and I remember I was leaning on the wall. And I sobbed. And sobbed. Because, I felt afraid. And because I didn’t want to leave here – I didn’t want to
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Each year, about 17,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with a primary brain tumor (a tumor that arises in the brain). According to Lisa DeAngelis, Chief of Neurology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the cause of a brain tumor is usually unknown, and symptoms are related to the tumor's location in the brain. Multidisciplinary collaboration is critical to ensuring that patients receive the most effective treatment possible without damaging healthy areas of the brain.
Many cancers have a strong genetic component, particularly in certain ethnic groups. While the proportion of people with a family history of cancer is small, the overall number of those who develop cancer due to inherited factors is very large, according to clinical genetics expert Kenneth Offit of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. People who have a strong family history of cancer may wish to consider having genetic testing to identify their individual risk.