Cancer survivor tells his story at Lombardi Walk to Tackle Cancer

Published: Jun. 17, 2017 at 1:48 PM CDT
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Cancer survivors, fighters, and their supporters walked against the disease on Saturday.

The third annual Lombardi Walk to Tackle Cancer helps fund research at Aurora BayCare's brand new cancer care clinic.

"Very, very devastating, because I never thought it would happen to me." said Nolan Tebon, who was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago.

"I wasn't sick, I never got sick, I was losing weight, and I didn't know why I was losing weight," said Tebon.

Now he's almost cancer free and he's feeling great and supporting others going through the fight.

"I just spoke today about what I had to go through, to get this cured, because I only had less than 6 months to live."

He was treated at Aurora BayCare, which is proud of its new cancer clinic that promotes a quiet, bright environment where families can support their loved ones.

"Nobody wants cancer and this is a life changing disease for the patient, but also for their family members; and I think it's very comforting to patients and their family members that they can be together during this time of treatment," said Nancy Davis, a medical oncologist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

More than 300 walker and supporters came out to this year's Lombardi Walk to Tackle Cancer, hoping one day there will be a cure.

"This walk is about raising funds for cancer research which will stay here in our community to help our patients. What research and cancer does is, it brings us new therapies, it brings us less toxic therapies, it brings us closer to cure for cancer," said Davis.

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation will match all the proceeds made during this year's walk.

So far, $25,000 has been raised to date to support cancer research available through Aurora Health Care.