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Ben Gleseman, his surviving wife, Beth, and their children

Friday had arrived and Ben and Beth were looking forward to a fun-filled weekend. It would include Halloween festivities and planning upcoming birthday parties for their kids. But everything changed when the phone rang. It was their primary care doctor calling with news that Ben had five brain lesions caused by melanoma.

Within a few days, the couple was connected with Georgetown Lombardi’s Dr. Michael B. Atkins, who helped Ben bravely battle cancer for two and a half years — until Ben could fight no more.

“Ben won for a good long while and he did that with great doctors, great nurses, great medicine, and great research,” Beth says. “He was most impressed by the technology that MedStar Georgetown University Hospital used to help shrink dangerous tumors.”

Your partnership support today will help give others like Ben more time with their families. Please give generously!

Liza Marshall and her husband, John

When Liza Marshall was diagnosed with stage III triple-negative breast cancer, her husband John, Director of the Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancer at Georgetown Lombardi, gained a new perspective on all that patients endure.

“My breast cancer experience was every woman’s experience in many ways,” Liza says. As for John, “his background as an oncologist brings a very different aspect to this story, and allowed us to look behind the curtain of what cancer care in America really looks like.”

The couple details their very personal experience in the new memoir “Off Our Chests: A Candid Tour Through the World of Cancer.”

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About Georgetown Lombardi

Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center seeks to prevent, treat, and cure cancers by linking scientific discovery, expert and compassionate patient care, quality education, and partnership with the community — guided by the principle of cura personalis, “care for the whole person.” Georgetown Lombardi is the research engine driving clinical cancer research at MedStar Health in the Washington D.C. metro area. #EndingCancerStartsHere

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