An illness that united a community

Jason Crosby, a beloved local bartender, father and husband passed away Sunday night after a long fight with pancreatic cancer. Known for a passion for cocktails surpassed only by his love for his family, Crosby leaves behind his wife Ashley and daughters Giana and Salem. The 44-year-old had battled the disease for nearly nine months, receiving treatment from the VA Medical Center before his body began rejecting the medication. (2012 file photo by Max Cooper)

Life after cancer: Oncology nurse and cancer survivor to hold cancer survivorsh­ip talk

After being cancer-free for six years, Penny Stollery recently hiked from the edge of Gatlinburg to Mount LeConte with friends to mark the end of five years of hormonal therapy. But as she stood on the mountain, the oncology nurse practitioner says she recognized that life after cancer is its own battle — and one that is seldom discussed. (photo courtesy of Penny Stollery)


One recent Sunday afternoon, dance music pulsed from Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. The event: Zumba in the Park, a two-hour, jump-on-in event staged by The Asheville Breast Center and aimed at raising awareness about early detection and the link between staying active and preventing the disease. Many participants wore pink — the acknowledged breast-cancer-awareness […]