Our Heroes

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is a HERO?

Finding strength to face an obstacle. Never Giving Up. Protecting someone else from harm. Using your talents to make the world a better place. These examples of heroism can be found easily, if you’re looking in the right places.

We see them every day at Rainier Cancer Center.

We invite you to learn more about the extraordinary people we’ve had the honor to serve, and why they chose Rainier Cancer Center when they needed a hero of their own.

Cleon Jones
Retired police officer and Medal of Valor Recipient


Cleon on his “graduation” from treatment with his Radiation Oncologist, James H. Brashears, III, MD

Cleon Jones is no stranger to adversity. A retired police officer who resides in Kent, Cleon confronted countless criminals during his long career. He brought justice to those who harmed innocent children and families. He even faced active gunfire during an attempted robbery, earning the Medal of Valor for his service.

In January, 2013, Cleon Jones and his wife Margie faced a new enemy that threatened the safety of their family: Cancer.

Sitting down with his urologist, they heard the words they dreaded: An aggressive cancer had invaded his prostate. After weighing their options, they decided on radiation therapy to attack this unwanted intrusion in their lives. Image Guided Radiation Therapy offered them the best chance of success while allowing him to maintain his active lifestyle. That’s when they found Dr. James Brashears at the Rainier Cancer Center. “The kindness and compassion of this group is just unbelievable,” stated Cleon of his care team. “I am so grateful for each and every person – and since completing my treatment, I feel great.”

Check out more of Cleon’s story in the video, below:

Donna Simpson
Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Community Champion for the American Cancer Society


Donna Simpson, showing her bold stand against cancer. Photo credit Tukwila Reporter.

Donna Simpson of Burien might look familiar to you. That’s because she was recently featured in the Tukwila Reporter, alongside the quote, “Cancer: Your Days are Numbered!” click here to see the link.

Not only has she been fighting her battle against breast cancer with boundless determination, she’s doing so as a Community Champion and spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. Last June, she even served as the Chairperson for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event in Burien, where she stayed up all night… never mind the fact she had just completed chemotherapy that same week.

It’s true that every mother is a hero, and Donna is no exception. Providing love and support to her children, grandchildren, and others who need it comes naturally to her – but this time around, she was the one who needed a hero. “I have a huge support system, including Dr. Brashears and the rest of the staff at Rainier Cancer Center,” she says.

Check out more of Donna’s story below:

Les Thomas
Kent City Councilman and Former Washington State Representative


Les Thomas, his wife and daughter on the day Les “graduated” from treatment

Les Thomas has a vision for the future. His work in Olympia as a State Representative earned the respect of his constituents long ago, and locally, he continues to construct a solid future for the city of Kent. He also understands the importance of relying on good judgment and instincts. That’s why, when he faced a diagnosis of cancer in March 2013, he was ready to take a stand and face his new challenge.

He renewed his vision for the future, this time including his own health and recovery.

After his many years as a community leader, Les knows perhaps best of all how important it is to have a solid support system in place. That’s why, he says, he selected the Rainier Cancer Center for his radiation therapy treatment. “I am continuing to serve my community and take care of my family because of the great care I received at the Rainier Cancer Center,” he says. Watch Les’ story below: