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We’ve got cancer in the family. Several forms of it in several different states. My neighbor has it in her home as well. I hate it and I’m angry. It is everywhere. Why? Unfortunately there are no answers. And that is probably the most frustrating thing of all.

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But regardless of how wearisome and worrisome cancer is, we cannot give up hope. It is a long battle against a tireless devil, but the good guys are getting better at winning. With research, new techniques and new medications, advances in diagnostics and treatments are happening at a rapid pace.

I’m always encouraged by success stories of cancer knocked into remission. It feels good to be part of the winning team and know that there will be many more game days, many more sunrises and memories made together. The story of Trey Rood is inspiring as he was a young athlete with a dream of playing college football when he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma. Facing difficult odds, he and his mother knew it would be a long fight. And it was. But in this memoir they co-wrote, they share their journey with all of its struggles and successes. I hope you will be as motivated by their story as I was.

changingTheGamePlan“Changing the Game Plan” by Trey Rood and Cherie Rood  —  Trey Rood was a young, healthy high school athlete when he received the diagnosis of stage III melanoma, which progressed to stage IV in two short years. With a five-year survival rate of five percent, Trey and his mother Cherie refused to accept the poor odds given by doctors or that the aggressive cancer would prevent Trey from ever attending college. Instead, they chose to fight with everything they had. And fight they did.

Their tireless search for treatment led them from home in Georgia, to Germany, and ultimately to Texas, where Trey was a pioneer participant at MD Anderson Cancer Center’s adoptive T-cell therapy trial. With Trey’s cancer now in remission, Trey, Cherie, and their family share their story here—a story of hope, encouragement, strength, and ultimately triumph. Their story of how, together, they beat cancer.

** All books by BQB and WriteLife Publishing can be purchased on Amazon.com or ordered through your favorite local bookstore. **

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