Behind the Breakthroughs
The Your Stories Podcast

Hear candid conversations between people conquering cancer – patients, their family and friends, and doctors and researchers working to help us all.

Mark Crafts
Behind the Breakthroughs
Team Crafty
Mark Crafts has been surviving stage IV colorectal cancer for more than four years – an excruciating journey he describes as “climbing Cancer Mountain.”

“I just envision that I am on this long path that goes up and up and up,” says Mark, who’s been sharing his experiences with Conquer Cancer since the beginning of his diagnosis.

An avid cyclist, Mark has spent much of his “Cancer Mountain” climb on a bike; he’s pedaled nearly 5,000 miles since starting treatment. With an unflinching hope in cancer research, he tells Dr. Mark Lewis how Team Crafty keeps him rolling toward the next big breakthrough.

WHAT YOU'LL HEAR IN THIS EPISODE:


•    Thoughts on how to process cancer statistics mentally and emotionally   
•    How music can be transformative for patients
•    Tips for packing for a hospital stay
•    A message of hope and gratitude

Keep Rollin'

"I can't believe I'm here," says Mark Crafts, reflecting on the years he's spent conquering cancer.

Mark credits breakthroughs in research and access to excellent medical care for his good fortune.  Three of his doctors received support from Conquer Cancer.  He counts his care team as part of the support system of family and friends he calls Team Crafty.  Their "Keep Rollin" battle cry and Mark's intense gratitude inspire him every time he faces another surgery or round of treatment.

Keep the Breakthroughs Coming

"It's not lost on me every day when I go in and out of that cancer center down in San Francisco or here in Petaluma," says Mark.  "I've got all this advantage, and I recognize so many other people that are up against this do not have these resources, so we need to make them more available, more equitable, and do whatever we can to keep the breakthroughs coming."

Your Stories
Climbing Cancer Mountain

California cyclist Mark Crafts, stunned with a mid-life cancer diagnosis, trusts in cancer research to keep rolling on the most unpredictable ride of his life.