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NewsChannel 5 Family Members Affected By Cancer


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Stand Up To Cancer was an unprecedented initiative to raise money for ground-breaking cancer research.

The program was established by a group of media, entertainment and philanthropic leaders whose lives have all been affected by cancer. One of those leaders was CBS evening anchor Katie Couric.

"We want to help fund the research that is not being funded by the United State government right now," Couric said. "Fewer than one in 10 promising research proposals is currently funded, and so America citizens unfortunately have to really take up the slack. Hopefully we'll inspire people to do just that."

The Stand Up To Cancer program included a special tribute to some of our NewsChannel 5 family members. 

We also ask the public to honor the memories of their loved ones either lost to cancer or victorious in the fight by using the TalkBack function below to post a comment.

In order of appearance on our segment:

Scott Arnold - Weekend Anchor/Reporter
Scott lost his mom to breast cancer 15 years ago.

Amy Rao - Reporter
Lost her Godmother to ovarian cancer in 2002.

Tuwanda Coleman - Talk of the Town reporter/producer
Lost her father 25 years ago to multiple myeloma.

Jeff Bell - Director of studio operations
Lost his father 4 years ago to colon cancer.

Rhori Johnston - 5, 6 and 10pm anchor
He lost his mother to pancreatic cancer. Rhori also lost an older brother to Leukemia.

Ben Hall - Investigative Reporter
Ben lost his mother to Leukemia.

Hope Hines - Sports Director
His close friend and former News Channel 5's sportscaster Bob Rainey died this year from colon cancer.

Ron Gash - Sales 
Ron lost his father 11 years ago to pancreatic cancer. His dad was 64 years old.

Alison Butler - Morning Producer
In less than one year, Alison lost both her maternal grandmother, and her uncle to pancreatic cancer.

Linda Hampton - Sales 
Linda lost her mom to lung cancer. Her mom lost her battle - in 2003.

Mark Binda - Programming Director
He lost his mom to breast cancer 8 years ago.

Nick Beres - Reporter/MorningLine Host
Nick's Uncle died not long ago from a slow-growing, inoperable, cancerous brain tumor.

Steve Hayslip - Morning Anchor. He lost his mom to throat cancer 2 years ago. His wife Kathy is also a survivor of skin cancer.

Mark BellingerReporter 
In 2002, Mark lost his mom to colon cancer.

Chrissy Luther - Sales
Chrissy lost her grandfather to lung cancer. She also lost a couple of aunts and cousins to breast cancer. The good news? Chrissy's mom is a survivor of breast cancer.

Julie Hows - Traffic Manager
She lost her mom to breast cancer. Her mom was 64.

Amy McLemoreTalk of the Town Producer
Amy lost her mom to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Her mom was 47.

Keri Vaughn - Associate Producer
Lost her grandmother 6 years ago to lung cancer. Her mother is a survivor of skin cancer.

Kevin Sherill - Newscast Director 
He lost his cousin to bone cancer - 6 years ago. His cousin was only 24 years old.

Julia Stone - News Department Office Manager 
Julia was a dear friend of our News Channel 5 reporter Dana Kaye. We all miss Dana, her terrific coverage of the war in Iraq and most of all her great smile and laughter. Dana battled breast cancer and then was diagnosed with brain cancer. She lost that battle in 2006.

Rhonda GantReceptionist
When you call the station next time - congratulate her. Rhonda is a survivor of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. She was diagnosed in December of 2006 and still goes for check-ups with her doctor. Rhonda is a strong, wonderful woman who lights up the room with her smile. Her attitude along with incredible medical care helped her get through her battle.

Please help us honor and remember those in our extended NewsChannel 5 family - our viewers. Submit the name of anyone close to you who has either succumbed to or survived cancer in the space provided below.

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