Category Archives: Overcoming Cancer

Get Tested!


It’s free. No Appointments. No insurance needed. It’s the way every doctor’s office ought to be!

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer understands that busy schedules make it hard to fit in regular doctor visits, but early detection is critical. That’s why we run the ZERO Prostate Cancer Testing, the only nationwide mobile prostate cancer testing program.

Georgia will have 7,930 new prostate cancer cases and 1,010 prostate cancer deaths in 2013, but there is hope through awareness and early detection. Do not allow yourself to become one of these statistics. Get tested this weekend in the Atlanta area at our mobile prostate cancer vehicle brought to you by our local partners News Talk 750, 95.5 FM, and Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia and sponsored by Men’s Health & Wellness and the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition.

Friday, January 25, 2013
9am – 5pm
4725 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Saturday, January 26, 2013
9am – 5pm
Mall of Georgia
3333 Buford Drive
Buford, GA 30519

Sunday, January 27, 2013
9am – 5pm
Town Center Mall
400 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy, NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144

We hope to see you this weekend at the ZERO Prostate Cancer Testing events in the local Atlanta community.

Thank you,

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer


Race Report: Ridge to Bridge Marathon


by Don Swinford (aka Swinsei)

The Ridge to Bridge Marathon is a small event with about 350 participants.  This year’s race sold out in 17 minutes.  Last year 32.0% of participants hit their Boston Marathon qualifying times.  But before I get into too many details, please let me regress.

On October 26, 2005, I became a cancer survivor.  As I thought about ways to celebrate my 7th year as a survivor, my first choice was to be with my family; however, due to busy schedules we just couldn’t make it happen.  My second choice was to run a marathon because my cancer journey all started when I was training for a marathon.

The week I ran the 2005 Big Sur International Marathon I found out that I may have cancer, but it wasn’t for certain.  Over the course of the next 6 months, I had several blood tests and two biopsies.  It was after the second biopsy on October 26th that it was determined that I had cancer.  I refer to that date as TEN26.  It’s a day I will never forget.  It’s the day I discovered a few things about my life: the true meaning of friendship, the love and support of my family, and the strength and peace that only God can give.  It’s the day I became a survivor!

Cancer is not the biggest thing I have had to overcome, but it’s certainly one that God has used to help shape my life.

The Ridge to Bridge course started with 6 miles of rolling, mostly paved road. There were more climbs than I expected, but then I experienced the descent!  It was amazing as I looked at the richly colored hills: yellows, oranges, reds, greens – this was the peak weekend for the changing of the Seasons. And all I could hear was the sound of the gravel beneath my feet (the course was now on a dirt road) and the falling water along the hillside to my left.

Since I love downhill running, I was enjoying the descent — nine miles with only a few flats and gentle rises to mix things up. After the descent there were about eleven miles to go, still a gradual decline that follows Wilson Creek.  There was a lot of beauty along the course to help take my mind off the race — leaves at their peak colors, two dot-on-the-map communities from yesteryear, and the stunning Wilson Creek Gorge.

Ridge to Bridge Marathon was my 18th marathon overall.  Each time I run one of these things I thank God that I’m a survivor – that I can enjoy the outdoors as I torture my body!  This was my 3rd fastest.  My quads and feet took a pounding.  Blisters are never an issue, but on this day I was dealing with significant blisters on my toes – a small price to pay to be able to complete 26.2 miles.

The Race Directors, David and Rhonda Lee, were amazing.  It was a laidback event, but one that was managed meticulously.  The Ridge to Bridge Marathon was one of the best events I have run.  I would highly recommend it.  If you are interested, registration opens for next year’s event on June 1st, 2013.

In closing, I will forever be changed by TEN26.  A creed I adopted during my cancer journey is, “God has given me the courage to face it, the knowledge and wisdom to fight it, and His grace to beat it.”

Thank you for allowing me to share my story (and race report).  If you ever want to chat about beating cancer or running, please feel free to contact me at or mobile at 404-218-8977.

Don Swinford

TEN26 …. Face it, Fight it, Beat it ….

Randy Gravitt & Don Swinford


Bloody Mess
This is one of five blisters

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Pray for Elizabeth Cooke

Please take the time to read this post and stop and pray for Elizabeth Cooke.

Elizabeth began her chemo at 11:30 last night. This is considered Day 1 of this treatment, which will be two days.  Read more at CaringBridge — Elizabeth Cooke

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Zac’s Story

A story of courage, faith, hope, and love.

Yesterday NewSpring Church showed this video about Zac, his battle with cancer and his faith that God is God — no matter what.  I pray this may be used to both challenge and encourage you!

World Cancer Day

February 4 is World Cancer Day—a global day of awareness created by the International Union Against Cancer. With cancer set to become the #1 killer in the world this year, it’s critical that each organization—and each individual—share responsibility for sending a powerful message about cancer prevention.

Can I really make a difference?

Studies show that encouragement from someone close to you—your mom, your best friend, your co-worker in the next office—can have a decisive impact on your decision to take important actions for your health.

You could be the best advocate for your friends and family…if you’re willing to take two minutes and nudge them to a quick step to protect their health.

Click here for more info on World Cancer Day

Matt Chandler: Suffering well

If you’re a podcast lover, you probably have discovered Matt Chandler.  If you don’t know, Matt is fighting cancer.  Please pray for him, his family, and The Village Church.  Below is an update I received from The Village Church Facebook site:

From Gilbert Montez, Director of Communications at The Village Church:

The Associated Press article on Matt was released for this weekend and various media outlets across the country have already picked up the story. Below are the outlets, where they are located and the link. As you read the story on the various media, each might be slightly different. Once released from the AP, each media outlet can edit the story for length. That’s why you’ll see slightly different versions of the story on some media.

Think of all these readers across the country who are having a chance to read this story and hear about the gospel. Thank you Matt and Lauren for being open with this battle.