Diana Pulido’s Cancer Journey I made it 49 years without a single surgery. Then it all changed. I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer, ductal carcinoma. My journey began October 2009 with a routine yearly mammogram. I had begun getting mammograms at age 40. There was no family history, except this time the mammogram… Read More


Meet ThriveWell Survivor Maria Gonzales 13 years ago I learned I had cancer. I had ignored the following signs and symptoms: 🔹 Fatigue 🔹 Bloating, I thought I was pregnant 😞 🔹Lower back pain 🔹Irregular periods I attributed the symptoms to something else even though I had had them for a few months. If only… Read More


Claudia Hura

Introducing Dr. Claudia Hura, ThriveWell Board Member! I am a native of Cleveland Ohio and a graduate of Purdue University and the Ohio State University College of Medicine. I moved to San Antonio in 1983. The next 34 years were spent in the practice of nephrology, in both private practice with SAKDC and on the… 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


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


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