At just 28 years old, cancer was the last thing on Blake Labran’s mind. After experiencing weight loss, night sweats, lack of appetite, and a growing mass on his neck, Blake made an appointment with his doctor. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.
After his second week of chemo, Blake started feeling sick and physically drained, but his faith in God and trust in his doctors encouraged him throughout his treatment. “Dr. Hanson really cared. He was right there with me the whole time,” said Blake.
Blake completed treatments in summer 2015 after nine months of chemo and six weeks of radiation. He rang the celebration bell at the Open House for the Cancer Center. “That day was so special. It felt like a big party. I gave Dr. Hanson a big hug when I saw him there.”
Blake formed a special bond with the Cancer Center and its staff, and said “I tell patients that you are in the best place to get the care you need, and know that everyone is here for you.”
He couldn’t wait to start working again and knew the Cancer Center was where he belonged. Blake joined the Guest Services team shortly after and says he loves sharing his personal experience with other patients. “I’m happy to just talk to patients and motivate them. I tell them to stay in the company of positive people,” said Blake.