Dear Joseé Battle & the ThriveWell staff, I have just completed my seventh round of radiation of Landmark Cancer Center on Brooks City Base. Each time I go to treatment, I am reminded of my gratitude and fortune to have been approved for financial help by ThriveWell Cancer Foundation. After visiting with my Radiation Oncologist… Read More


My Story: Erica Villarreal Ellis, ThriveWell Diva This was me, in January 2020. I walked the 2020 Walt Disney World 10K with a group of good friends who helped support me along my cancer journey. This was just over 5 weeks after my implant exchange surgery. My Diagnosis I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Triple… Read More


If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of the past year is this, there’s one thing that doesn’t discriminate and that’s the Big “C”, Cancer. Young, old, male, female, it doesn’t matter. It affects everyone we know. To say Cancer is life-changing would be an understatement. For those of us who are dealing… Read More


These cool, decorative rocks are hand painted by breast cancer survivor Beth Hayes Wright. She has volunteered her time and talents to put together these fantastic creations and is taking orders at no cost!!  And the best part is that for every rock ordered an anonymous donor will donate $10 to ThriveWell! While the rocks… Read More


My Story Jo Ann Perez I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer the day after my 62nd birthday on January 13th, 2020. I drove 150 miles from Del Rio to San Antonio for a doctor’s appointment thinking I either had some kidney stones or gull stones (I tend to develop gall stones without a gallbladder) as… Read More


Born and raised in San Antonio Mary Velasquez Jimenez, Board Member, ThriveWell Cancer Foundation, lived in Germany for three years while growing up. Mary is the Regional Program Manager for Genentech BioOncology and has also worked for Caremark, Dentsply and Estee Lauder. She says Genentech has provided her with opportunities to serve on a variety of… Read More


Steve Hays, ThriveWell Cancer Foundation Board Member, is a proud San Antonian — born and raised in this great city. He graduated from TMI in 1982 and received his college degree from St. Mary’s University. After completing college, Steve established his Farmers Insurance office in Alamo Heights and has been helping people with their insurance… Read More


I am ever so grateful that in February 2019 South Texas Radiology noticed something slightly different in my annual mammogram and decided to take a sonogram, and then a biopsy. That led to the confirmation that I had breast cancer. I got two opinions for treatment, then selected The START Center for Cancer Care doctors for my surgery,… Read More


As a physiologist, Jessica Ibarra freely admits she was far from becoming the genetic engineer or dentist she dreamt of becoming as a young girl. Growing up she was curious and fascinated by things around her. Lucky for her, she grew up in a household fostered by curiosity and ingenuity. Her father, an auto mechanic,… Read More


Dr. Amy Lang is a medical oncologist in practice with the START Center, treating adult patients with cancer. Dr. Lang received her B.A. in English from Duke University. She completed medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and then attended Baylor University Medical Center for her internal medicine residency and… Read More