MOUNTAIN SURVIVORS

Welcome to the streaming archives for Mountain Survivors, a monthly series featuring interviews with survivors of cancer. Produced and hosted by WMMT's own Sam Neace, himself a cancer survivor, this program seeks to give a local voice to this devastating health issue that impacts the coalfields at a far higher rate than the national average, and hopes to do so by sharing the stories of those who have persevered through this incredibly serious adversity.

Mountain Survivors: Diana Neace-Colwell

Mtn Survivors: Diana Neace-Colwell

In this edition of WMMT’s Mountain Survivors,  host Sam Neace speaks with Diana Neace-Colwell about her ongoing fight against Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  Mountain Survivors airs at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of every month; to hear previous episodes, check out our streaming archives.

Mountain Survivors: Sandra Dickerson

Mountain Survivors: Sandra Dickerson

In the February edition of WMMT’s Mountain Survivors, host Sam Neace welcomes Sandra Dickerson to the program.  Sandra, now an adult, was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 7, and she shares her story of unthinkable adversity in being forced to deal with leukemia at such a very young age and how she was able to defeat the disease.  For more Mountain Survivors, check out the full streaming archive here.  For more health programming from WMMT, check out our monthly Health Matters call-in show hosted by Dr. Van Breeding on the fourth Monday of every month to hear the show live, or check out the archive of past episodes here.

There will be a brand-new Health Matters tonight (Monday, Feb. 25th) at 6 p.m..  Dr. Breeding and special guests will discuss strokes this evening, touching on causes, effects, and possible treatments.

Mountain Survivors Audio: Mike Craycraft

Mike Craycraft

Mountain Survivors: Mike Craycraft 12.10.12

In the December edition of WMMT’s Mountain Survivors, host Sam Neace welcomes Mike Craycraft to the program to share the story of his diagnosis, battle, and eventual triumph over testicular cancer.  Among many other accomplishments, Craycraft went on to found the Testicular Cancer Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about testicular cancer, the most common form of cancer in men aged 15-35.  In this program, Mike and Sam discuss all of this, as well as the unique and lasting friendships that can be forged through the experience of surviving cancer.  To stream more episodes of the program, check out the Mountain Survivors archive.

Mountain Survivors: “Big” Willard Hall

(L-R: "Big" Willard Hall, Angie Hall, "Little" Willard Hall

Mountain Survivors 11.12: Willard Hall

In this edition of WMMT’s Mountain Survivors, host Sam Neace welcomes a special guest to the program, and one that as a WMMT connoisseur you may know well–Willard Hall.  You may know “Big” Willard from his long-running Tuesday Morning program The Scuttlehole Gap Get-Together or from his work with Bluegrass Express  and Bluegrass Express Live!, but you may not know that Willard is also a cancer survivor.  Specifically, Big Willard persevered through male breast cancer, a form of cancer that many folks may not know about.  In this program, Willard talks with Sam about his experience, his fight, and his eventual victory.  For more installments of WMMT’s Mountain Survivors, check out the full streaming archive here.

Mountain Survivors: Maggie Duff

Mountain Survivors Maggie Duff 10-8-12

In this edition of Mountain Survivors, host Sam Neace interviews Maggie Duff, a survivor of breast cancer from Bonnyman, Ky.  Maggie was 28 when she first discovered she may have cancer, and she shares how both the initial diagnosis and second opinion that her growth was non-cancerous were both wrong.   It was only through her own persistence that her cancer was correctly diagnosed.  Stream or download the audio above to hear Maggie tell in her own words her story of diagnosis, treatment, and survival.

Mountain Survivors: Karen McWhirt

Mountain Survivors: Karen McWhirt 9-10-12

WMMT is proud to present streaming audio of the debut episode of Mountain Survivors, a brand-new monthly series featuring interviews with survivors of cancer. Produced and hosted by WMMT’s own Sam Neace, himself a cancer survivor, this program gives local voice to this devastating health issue that impacts the coalfields at a far higher rate than the national average, and will share the stories of those who have persevered through this incredibly serious adversity.  In this premiere installment, Sam interviews Karen McWhirt, who recently lost her son Ian (the two are pictured together at right) to testicular cancer at just 19 years old.  Karen has recently written a book about their fight, Together We Will Win, in hopes of bringing greater awareness to testicular cancer and helping equip others to avoid the tragic situation that they faced.  For more on the book and Karen & Ian’s story, check out togetherwewillwin.net.

For more on Mountain Survivors, check out the show on Facebook, and for streaming audio of all WMMT health-related programming, check out our Health Matters page.