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Cancer survivor fights for education, research
San Diego Union-Tribune

When San Marcos retiree Jeannine Holt was diagnosed 4 1/2 years ago with Stage IV lung cancer, she was touched when she receive an outpouring of sympathy and support from friends and family. What she didn’t expect was the backlash.

“The automatic question people get when they have lung cancer is ‘did you smoke?’ It comes across like you caused it to happen. That doesn’t happen with other cancers. You know, this is a disease that people shouldn’t be blamed for,” said Holt, a retired teacher and bookstore owner.