Entries by Ariane Watkins

Coping with Cancer During the Holidays

Holidays are traditionally viewed as a time to celebrate. Many people enjoy reuniting with family and friends, giving and receiving gifts, and celebrating religious traditions during this time. However, sometimes people with cancer and their loved ones feel “out of step” from the rest of the world during the holidays. In fact, the holiday season […]

Jamey Johnson’s 5th Annual Golf Tournament and Benefit Concert Raises $72,000

Nikki Mitchell Foundation (NMF) hosted Jamey Johnson’s fifth annual homecoming golf tournament and concert at the Cottonwood Golf Course in Montgomery, Ala., Oct. 9. Bringing some levity to an otherwise serious sport, the tournament featured activities such as shooting off a mattress, archery drives, shot carts and a ball launcher. The all-day event featured celebrity […]

Jamey Johnson, Bobby Bare and Tony Joe White Raise $42,000 at “Whiskey Bread Pudding” Benefit Concert

Nikki’s friends, Jamey Johnson, Bobby Bare, and Tony Joe White came together in a rare intimate setting, Sept. 21 at the Franklin Theatre, for a night of music, song, and stories. Nikki Mitchell Foundation (NMF) president Rhonda Miles said, “NMF recently celebrated our three-year anniversary and we are excited about our growth.” “Nikki’s musician friends have graciously […]

Weight loss: When cancer immunotherapies are rendered ineffective

Nov 10, 2016 According to a new study, a weight loss condition that affects cancer patients could make immunotherapy ineffective. It explains why the approach of boosting a patient’s immune system to treat the disease fails in a lot of people. Cancer immunotherapies involve activating a patient’s immune cells to recognize and destroy cancer cells. […]

Thanksgiving Meals for patients and their families

Being from Texas, Nikki chose to go home for Christmas and stay in Nashville for Thanksgiving. She started a tradition for her friends with a home cooked meal for “Friendsgiving”. It was one of her favorite things to do and her friends who had family out of town had a warm, inviting place to go. Having pancreatic cancer, […]

PC Symptoms and Jamie’s Story

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be weight loss, abdominal or back pain, diabetes, or jaundice. Physical symptoms are not very specific to the disease and are often mistaken for something else. Patients can even be asymptomatic. The bottom line is pancreatic cancer is hard to diagnose and even harder to treat. Nikki Mitchell Foundation is […]

“Doctor Targets Gene Mutations for Cancer Care”

By Lauren Dunn/June 8, 2016/NBC News A researcher works at the University of California San Francisco’s Center for BRCA Research. As more is learned about what causes cancer, scientists are discovering it can be less important where the disease is located and more crucial to know if it has a certain genetic mutation. At the […]

Living Every Day

Dana Zieman and Nikki Mitchell Dana Zieman wrote candidly about her battle with pancreatic cancer in Georgia’s Rome News-Tribune for a year until her death in April of 2016. On August 6, 2015, she wrote: “In beginning this series of columns, I hope to express some of the emotions, reactions and ideas we cancer patients […]

Why I Volunteer

By Trisha Cargile Everyone always asks why I am so passionate about helping others. Most people don’t understand having a passion for something usually means it holds a special place in your heart or has affected you in one way or another. Mine starts off from a time that I honestly can’t even recollect. I […]