Meet ASCP’s Patient Champions

ASCP Patient Champions are patients who share how they have managed or overcome their diagnoses with the help of a laboratory team’s medical care. Discover current ASCP Patient Champions and learn more about their stories.

Meet ASCP Patient Champion James Wilson


James’ Story

  • Hudson High School student James Wilson is an accomplished pianist who has been playing piano since the age of three. He has won or placed highly in a number of regional, national, and international piano competitions and has performed at Carnegie Hall three times, as well as at the Kennedy Center once. In early 2014, he was the only American finalist in an international piano competition in France.
  • Life changed for James at the age of 13 when he was diagnosed with a rare form of very aggressive bone and tissue cancer, Ewing Sarcoma. James had been experiencing extreme abdominal pain, and a tumor was identified outside of his bladder. A biopsy of the tumor was done to obtain tissue samples, and members of the lab team, including multiple pathologists across the U.S, collaborated to examine the samples and reach James’ diagnosis.
  • After 11 weeks of intensive chemotherapy treatments, James was declared cancer free on July 7, 2015.
  • Since his cancer battle, James has been actively engaged in volunteering for pediatric cancer awareness events and promoting the vital role laboratory professionals and pathologists play in cancer diagnosis and treatment. He continues to study piano under the direction of Dr. Alvin Chow, Chair of the Piano Department at Oberlin College & Conservatory.
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ASCP Patient Champion James Wilson and His Parents, Matt and Noriko Wilson, Share Their
Cancer Story

James Wilson was diagnosed with a rare form of very aggressive bone and tissue cancer, Ewing Sarcoma, at the age of 13. With 11 weeks of intensive chemotherapy treatments, James was declared cancer free on July 7, 2015. Since his cancer battle, James has been actively engaged in volunteering for pediatric cancer awareness events and promoting the vital role laboratory professionals and pathologists play in cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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Meet ASCP Patient Champion Cindy Johns


Cindy’s Story

  • Cindy Johns was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 at the age of 45.
  • A certified laboratory professional, Cindy’s understanding of the laboratory helped her know what questions to ask her oncologists and physicians.
  • After her second breast cancer diagnosis, Cindy asked her physician if tumor markers could be drawn more often, rather than the standard protocol of every six months, in order to provide an early indication if the cancer had spread.
  • Tumor markers detected her cancer three more times, twice in her lymph nodes and once in her brain.
  • Cindy currently remains on oral chemotherapy and has her tumor markers checked regularly. She continues to work as a laboratory professional in Florida and enjoys waterskiing, fishing, boating, gardening, and volunteering for her church.
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Cindy Johns Shares Her Cancer Story

Cindy Johns is a five-time cancer survivor whose understanding of laboratory tests helped her medical team detect a recurrence of her cancer early.

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Contact Cindy Johns

Are you interested in highlighting the story of Cindy Johns or another real-life patient through a story or speaking engagement? We can help you find an ASCP Patient Champion for your interview or event.

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