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Experience the cancer journey through the eyes of the traveler.
22 Episodes
Jared McKinney and his wife, Kaitlyn, had just moved to a new city to plant a church. They were just finishing up the maintenance chemotherapy from his first diagnosis, received May 2019. They were ready to begin anew when they were given the news -- relapse.In December of 2020 Jared was told his T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia had been detected in a routine test of his spinal fluid. This time as they traveled to Seattle for treatment it would mean a stem cell transplant.
In Fall of 2020 Don hosted Luke and his wife, Carly, on Episode 17 of the Time Machine Podcast. Little did both men know then that their transplants would happen just five days apart in different cities. Don had a chance to visit with Luke again as both of them neared the coveted Day +100 post transplant. Luke shares about his journey through the thick of chemo and radiation and the long journey of recovery after transplant; and how his faith was strengthened through the process.The world of transplant is ever-changing. Just four days after this podcast was recorded Luke and Carly received news that altered their course and will mean more treatments and more months in Denver. Their faith and courage remain unwavering.
Episode 20 - Nate the Great

Episode 20 - Nate the Great


Nathan Green, also known as Nate The Great, was first diagnosed with  Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2011 at age 17. He was a junior in high school and battled for two and a half years before completing chemotherapy. This podcast was recorded in August 2019. Nate shares about life after receiving a cancer diagnosis and the journey that doesn't end when you hear the words "cancer free." He talks about walking through the journey as a young adult, dealing with the long term effects of chemo on the body, and his dreams for the future.>> Nate is once again in the fight. On October 20, 2020, just over a year after this podcast was recorded, Nate heard what no leukemia survivor wants to hear, “the leukemia is back."
On October 18, 2020, Don sat on the other side of the table as the guest on Time Machine Podcast. His brother-in-law, Rob Charette, talked with Don about the conversations had with his children and his wife -- conversations of hope, of truth, and of life.Don and his wife, Casidee, left their home on November 4, 2020, for their journey to Seattle where Don will receive an allogenic stem cell transplant. It is the next step on their own cancer journey.**we had a mic failure while recording this episode -- the sound was captured from a webcam in the room**
Episode 18 - Just Cancer

Episode 18 - Just Cancer


Pastor Ron Palmer shares this story of how cancer has impacted his family not once, or twice, but three times. And how, through it all, his faith has brought him to the point where he is able to say, "It's just cancer."
Luke and Carly Anderson were married on September 1, 2018. When they recited their vows they had no way of knowing how soon in their marriage "in sickness and in health" would come into play. On June 1st of this year Luke was diagnosed with aggressive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and was life-flighted to Denver to begin his treatment. Their story is full of hope, peace, and joy in the midst of intense treatment and an unknown future.We're excited to release this episode the day after they celebrated two years of marriage.
Episode 16 - My Girl

Episode 16 - My Girl


When a vibrant 2-year-old girl goes to see the doctor for a fever the last thing any parent expects to hear is the word 'cancer.' That is what happened for Don's brother-in-law, Kyle Riley, almost 19 years ago. Brittany was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in January of 2002. Kyle and his wife, Jill, spent the next two and a half years navigating Brittany's treatment, but the cancer journey as parents doesn't just end when the treatment does.Today we release this podcast on Brittany's 21st birthday.
When Jason Brown passed away 24 years ago from liver cancer his story was far from over. The love, passion, and faith of his family has kept his legacy alive -- and they gather every year in a place he loved to remember him. On this episode Don talks with his mother, Diane Brown, and his sister, Carrie Brown Bradley, as they attend this yearly event.A family, a community, and a son, Jason Bailey (now 24-years-old) keep his spirit alive.
Happy Father's DayWhile the recording of this episode came from Don's Path to Life fundraiser in March 2019, the story originated much earlier. In September of 2018, just a month after receiving his diagnosis of Myleodysplastic Syndrome and just weeks after his first round of chemo, Don walked into his first Story Night at Montana Gallery. Not knowing if he would share or, if so, what he would share he took the stage and the result was his first story, 'I Love My Yard.'A story of family, cancer, and the things we hold dear.
Episode 13 - The Caregiver

Episode 13 - The Caregiver


When Paul Jones' wife, Tami, took a fall down the garage stairs on a Thursday in 2013, he had no way of knowing that within one short week they would be facing a terminal diagnosis of glioblastoma. Listen as Paul shares the story of Tami's fierce strength and their enduring faith. Come hear the cancer journey through the eyes of the caregiver.
Sandy McClure was the first person that came to mind when Don began the Time Machine Podcast. He and his family watched as she walked her journey with breast cancer just a  few short years before. When she received her diagnosis of  invasive ductal carcinoma on July 13, 2015, Sandy was already known for her fighting spirit and incredible mindset -- a cancer diagnosis would not alter that, even in uncharted waters.
Will Goodridge is a musician, improver, and entertainer here in Billings, MT. At 21 he started his own troupe, but his comedy roots date back to his youth. Will was 14 when he was diagnosed with cancer -- join us as he shares how he and his family used humor to cope as they walked their cancer journey.*This episode was recorded on 2/4/20*
Roy Brown was only five years old when his mother discovered a lump in his belly. That was Easter morning 1975. After surgery removed the mass along with his left kidney, spleen, and part of his pancreas he was sent to continue treatment in the Children's Hospital of Stanford University in Palo Alto. Now, almost five decades later, he is able to share his story with us.
Episode 9 - And if not...

Episode 9 - And if not...


JD Shanahan is a husband and father of two -- who walked the cancer journey through the eyes of his firstborn son, Jeremy. Listen to his powerful story of faith, family, and loss.
Episode 8 - Déjà vu

Episode 8 - Déjà vu


Déjà vu: the feeling that one has lived through the present situation before. The phrase literally translates as "already seen."Kay Pearson first received a diagnosis of Stage 3 melanoma in 2005. And, despite the spread being missed, she survived - an uncommon occurrence with melanoma. But her cancer journey didn't end there when, in 2011, Kay was diagnosed with breast cancer. Listen in as she shares her story and how she survived not one but two bouts with cancer.
Today's episode comes from a story Don shared on March 21, 2019, during a time when his family was in what they like to refer to as the 'deep waters.' It is a powerful look into seemingly hopeless situations and how people choose to respond. We hope it speaks to you in current circumstances. For more information on Don's cancer journey you can follow at
Episode 6 - Unafraid

Episode 6 - Unafraid


Rachel Hamilton was a senior in high school when she was diagnosed with liver cancer -- a very rare occurrence in someone her age. After weeks of treatment in and out of state her doctor determined nothing else could be done and she was sent home on hospice. But her story didn't end there. Join us on this episode to hear her amazing story.
In this episode Don speaks with Ken McCallum. Ken McCallum was a pastor for 40 years, serving in ministry for more than 60 years. When he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of colon cancer he saw some of the darkest periods in his life. Listen as he shares how his faith saw him through those times.
As a high level athlete in her prime, Marissa was diagnosed with leukemia during her senior year. Listen as she shares how she used her athleticism and knowledge of nutrition as she walked her cancer journey -- and how she found her silver lining afterward.
On this episode Don welcomes Buddy Neese. Buddy's mother, Rosa, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December of 2008. Her experience battling the disease off and on for seven years would lead her to create an organization aimed at helping those facing travel expenses associated with major medical issues. Listen as Buddy shares his mother's dreams and the lasting impact she has had on hundreds of families.
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