Real People, Real Stories

Tongue/throat cancer survivor

Curt Hammock

On January 10, 2011, Curt Hammock’s birthday, he received an unexpected and unwanted Gift: a cancer diagnosis. He faced two stage-3 primary cancers, one on his tongue and another in his left lung, directly under his defibulator. Throughout his 37 rounds of radiation and 11 rounds of chemotherapy, Curt experienced multiple hospital stays, two instances of a collapsed lung, and was unable to swallow or eat for four months. As he was sitting scared and confused in the radiation waiting room, he picked up a CanCare brochure. That evening, Curt sent the email that turned everything around and gave him strength and hope to survive the fight of his life.

After being supported by a CanCare volunteer, Curt knew how important it was to have someone to talk with that knew firsthand what it felt like to have cancer. As the saying goes, “If you have to climb a mountain, it helps to talk to someone who has been there.” Curt became a CanCare volunteer, and spends his free time visiting patients at The Methodist Hospital. He also represents CanCare at community health fairs, spreading the mission and providing information and resources. Married for 35 years, this grandfather, embraces everything life has to offer, including riding his Harley and spending time with his Great Dane.

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