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  • Arlene Koller

    Arlene Koller

    Arlene Koller is no stranger to adversity. She lost her first husband when he suffered a massive heart attack, leaving Arlene with 3 small boys to care for. She was the treasurer of a wholesale paper business. After she lost her husband, Arlene added the responsibility of presidency of her late husband's chemical business. Arlene later remarried, and in 2000, she and her husband began to travel the world.

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  • Robin Luber

    Robin Luber

    If you have a question about Fox Chase Cancer Center, ask Robin Luber. She spends every Wednesday volunteering at the Center's Information Desk, and she also volunteers in social services. "I love this job," shared Robin. "I help patients, their families, and the staff. It's very rewarding." And that's coming from a former patient.

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  • Lael Swank

    Lael Swank

    On March 9, 2010, Lael Swank celebrated her 39th birthday and within the week she noticed a lump in her left breast while taking a shower. "It couldn't be," she thought. With no family history of breast cancer, Lael figured she'd get her first mammogram the following year, when she turned 40. Within days, Lael was not only scheduled for a mammogram, but she underwent an ultrasound and biopsy and on March 23, Lael was diagnosed with stage IIB, grade III, invasive ductal carcinoma (breast cancer).

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