Autumn I 2016 In This Issue I Features: 8 8 14 When Opportunity Knocks Mark Cicon never imagined that a broken rib from a simple sneeze was an indicator of a rare form of leukemia. A lifesaving back-to-back stem cell transplant and comprehensive care from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are helping him find ‘normal’ five years later. By Michele Fisher A Day at a Time A diagnosis of appendix cancer led Lisa Schepisi on a 12-year journey that included new recurrences and two unique surgical procedures only offered at a small number of centers across the nation, including Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. By Michele Fisher 20 14 I Life After Lung Cancer Splitting a 72-hour work week between two jobs can be tiring enough, but keeping that schedule following the removal of a lung for lung cancer seems unthinkable. Resa Condit takes it all in stride thanks to a dedicated team at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. By Mary Ann Littell Departments: 4 Forefront News from the front lines at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. 25 Making a Difference News on how giving and service are making a difference in the fight against cancer at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. 30 Network Spotlight News from our Network hospitals around the state. 20 32 Survivor’s Corner Celebrating life with 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' TV star and breast cancer survivor Amber Marchese. 33 Homefront A close up look at the lives of faculty and staff members at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Autumn 2016 I Cancer Connection I 1