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The unfavorable reality of the present time we live in is that everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. As this reality is presented to us, it is a scary thought to wonder who could possibly be next. It is not a pleasant thought to think about the loss of a loved one, however all life must end, and with such a daunting inevitability looming over us, we must live each day of our lives to best of our abilities with clear eyes and a full heart. The unfortunate passing of John Memminger on March 22, 2015 reminded me of this mantra.
John was known by many and loved by all. To some he was: a son, a brother, a father, a grandfather, and an uncle; to others he was a dear friend. It is suffice to say that John will be missed profoundly. On that day in March, John lost his battle to Colorectal cancer, and after some time for grievance and reflection, I was inspired to start this page and write this piece to capture his memory, and join the fight to find a cure for a disease which has taken too many and has affected the lives of many more. As I stated earlier, all life must end, but the end to that life does not and should not have to be at the mercy of this horrendous disease, a point with which most can agree.
Furthermore, in the spring of 2017 I was diagnosed with throat cancer. After undergoing 3 Induction chemotheraphy treatments that unfortunately didn't work out. My wife and I went and spent 30 minutes meeting the team in the Radiation Department of RPCI. Dr. Singh and his staff were simply amazing, in fact the every person I met whether it was the Chief of a Department, doctor, nurse, receptionist, maintenance associate whomever they were all amazing.
I went through the 7 weeks of Chemo Radiation treatments and with the help of an extremely talented medical staff assembed by Dr Singh and with the unwavering support of my immediate family and my extended family members, friends, associates they all helped me through the ordeal!! There's not a day that goes by where I don't bow my head and say a prayer thanking God, the doctors and nurses, family and friends. No one beats cancer by themselves and I was blessed to have such a strong and loving team of supporters.
With agreement by most, I hope what I have written has caused you either to reflect on an experience you have had with cancer, or become inspired to help make a change so you never have to experience a loss to cancer. If the above are true for you as you read this, join my family and I in this fight.With agreement by most, I hope what I have written has caused you either to reflect on an experience you have had with cancer, or become inspired to help make a change so you never have to experience a loss to cancer. If the above are true for you as you read this, join my family and I in this fight.