When Elizabeth Kirk went in for a routine mammogram, she expected it to be exactly like other ones she’d gotten over the years. But a week later, her life looked completely different. Elizabeth’s mammogram was performed at The Breast Center at CARTI by Dr. Stacy Smith-Foley, who requested a follow-up ultrasound and biopsy. Elizabeth initially asked Dr. Smith-Foley … Continued

Mario’s Cancer Journey

When Mario Settles was diagnosed with cancer, his life changed. Two weeks later, COVID shutdowns began and the whole world changed. Mario now had to navigate cancer treatment and an ever-changing pandemic at the same time, with strict safety policies keeping family and friends from accompanying him to treatments. But the support system he found … Continued

Amanda’s Cancer Story

Amanda Elliott was walking a cancer journey with her husband when she too was diagnosed. To complicate matters, Amanda was also pregnant. When her doctor, Sam Makhoul, M.D., moved to CARTI, she chose to follow to continue getting exceptional care. Hear her inspiring story.


In August of 2021, Patricia Ent was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her primary care physician referred her to an oncologist where her breast cancer journey started on uncertain footing. “The first time I went to see him, he walked into the exam room and said, ‘Do you know how lucky you are?’” Patricia recalls. He … Continued

CARTI to Benefit from Erase the Trace, Fundraising Bike Ride Founded by Olympic Champion Scott Hamilton

444-Mile Ride to Benefit Glioblastoma Research and Patient Support Services CARTI is honored to serve as co-beneficiary of Erase the Trace, an 11 day, 444-mile fundraising bike ride along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Founded by Scott Hamilton, founder of The Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, Erase the Trace was conceived by Scott Williams, a CARTI patient … Continued

A Personal Investment: Rene’ and Aaron Gamewell on the Community of CARTI

As seen in Little Rock Soiree, November issue. “I was fortunate enough to have the ability to go anywhere for treatment,” Aaron Gamewell says. “My insurance benefits allowed me to choose a primary care center, as well as the chance to get a second opinion. “After walking into CARTI for the first time, I didn’t … Continued

Tiffany Thompson’s Story | Two-Time Cancer Survivor Celebrates Final Chemotherapy Treatment Amidst Coronavirus

Two-time cancer survivor Tiffany Thompson didn’t let coronavirus damper the celebration of her final day of treatment. While safety protocols prevented her family and friends from joining her in person, they lined the drive outside the CARTI Cancer Center in Little Rock to share in her special moment! Watch to see their outpouring of support.

Dayle Carozza’s Story | Celebrating Victories in Uncertain Times

Dayle Carozza’s family and friends didn’t let coronavirus cast a shadow on the celebration surrounding her final day of treatment. While safety protocols prevented her family from being with her in person, they had a great plan to share her victory! Watch to see how they came together to show their support and love. #MoreThanEver, we’re here … Continued

Norma Lopez’s Story | Coworkers shave heads to support patient during her breast cancer diagnosis

As seen on KARK and Fox16. In December 2019, Norma Lopez discovered a lump in her breast, a lump that had not been noticed just a couple weeks earlier during her annual pap smear. She returned to her OBGYN who referred her to Dr. Jerri Fant, CARTI’s breast surgeon, for a biopsy. When the results came back, they confirmed that Norma had invasive ductal … Continued

Sara Clevenger and Christy Wygal’s Story | Mother-Daughter Duo Undergo Treatment Together

While many cancer patients are blessed with a support system that rallies around them throughout their cancer journey, it’s inevitable that not every feeling – both positive and negative – will be fully understood purely because their friends and family may not have experienced a cancer diagnosis themselves. That’s not the case for Sara Clevenger … Continued