Our Stories

  • Bill Brummel - Otolaryngology patient_004

The Keck Effect: More Courage

Bill Brummel underwent a laryngectomy because of the irreversible effects of cancer-combatting radiation, but the experience gave him the courage to see life in a

  • Patricia Gott

The Keck Effect: More Traveling

A trip to Alaska, a Baltic cruise, a cross-country drive — nothing keeps octogenarian Patricia Gott from traveling. Not even melanoma.
At age 82, Patricia Gott

The Keck Effect: More Leisure Time

When Marco Mejia stepped out of a movie theater one night with an excruciating headache, he didn’t know it would be the start of a

  • Keck Medicine of USC cancer patient Neil Navarro

The Keck Effect: More Charity

Access to clinical trial helps provide a father of four with a dramatic recovery.
At the age of 29, Neil Navarro had a stomachache. It wasn’t

  • Stacy Kinsel, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and receives treatment at the USC Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Center

The Keck Effect: More Stamina

Stacy Kinsel was in a meeting with clients one day in 1999 when she suddenly experienced extreme numbness in her legs and feet.
A forensic accountant

The Keck Effect: More Exercise

When Sherri Hollingsworth learned she had uterine cancer, it wasn’t a complete shock.
Many people in her family had been diagnosed with cancer, including her mother,

  • Aortic dissection patient Romney Mawhorter

The Keck Effect: More Romantic Weekends

It was like a scene from a movie. Romney Mawhorter remembers the helicopter landing on the roof of Keck Hospital of USC.
He remembers the team

The Keck Effect: More Daytime Walks

Gary Dennis used to enjoy taking frequent lunchtime walks from his office to the Exposition Park Rose Garden and USC campus, about a two-mile round

The Keck Effect: More Dog Walks

Susan Garrahan didn’t feel she and her oncologist were on the same page when it came to his plan for treating her breast cancer.
The oncologist,