Breast Cancer Awareness Month; today's featured survivor: Marti Early

Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Age: Undisclosed.

Juneau resident: 32 years.

Family: Husband, George Wallace; son, Justin Dorn, of Juneau; daughter, Betsy Dorn, of Athens, Greece; son, Corey Wallace, of Doylestown, Pa.

Hobbies: Gardening, hiking, visual arts, music, traveling and chocolate.

Occupation: Community involvement specialist for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's contaminated sites program.

Kind: Breast cancer.

Years surviving: Nearly two.

Diagnosed: December 2007.

Quote: "I am so very grateful to be able to continue this precious life. The support of my husband, children, family, friends and co-workers connected me to others in a way I have never before felt. Juneau has skilled doctors as well as a very comforting and active support network. I'm very thankful for the excellent care from Dr. Catherine Peimann, Dr. Paul Weiden, Dr. Pamela Gruchacz, Dr. Emily Kane, and the Bartlett staff, as well as the staff at Swedish Hospital in Seattle and Dr. James Hanson. Juneau's Cancer Connection and the American Cancer Society are fabulous sources of help. I cannot imagine going through this without health insurance. I deeply appreciate the kindnesses of so many people."

• To be featured as a cancer survivor during the month of October, contact Neighbors editor Kim Andree at 523-2272 or

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