Thanks to the amazing generosity of family, friends, colleagues, and people I don’t even know, I am humbled to have helped raise $18,000+ this year alone as part of the Ride for Roswell!!! But words of thank you are nowhere near enough to express the overwhelming sense of gratitude I feel for all my blessings - from my wife, Cathaleen Curtiss for her boundless courage, strength and grace. To my children, granddaughter, stepchildren, their spouses and significant others. To my friend, Steve Boyd, who I first met in 1989 at Channel 7, working as a team for more than 15 years at the station and while attending law school towards the end of our journalism career. To the talented and dedicated doctors and staff at Roswell Park, an institute like no other, which we are so lucky to have right in our own backyard. To Mitch Flynn for his friendship, vision and creativity to show how one person with a passion for biking and a caring heart can make a world of difference. To everyone on social media for their words of love, support and encouragement.
Lou Gehrig said he was the luckiest man on the face of the earth, I feel just as lucky if not more so.
For those who don’t know I have been dealing with melanoma for the past few years after having overcome prostate cancer, with a dose of extremely rare Castleman’s Disease (yeah, I never heard of it either before it decided to grow a life-threatening mass in my chest) thrown in for good measure.
But thanks to the amazing staff at Roswell I have been able to keep my promise to get better. This past Wednesday I was presented with a new challenge when my doctors found that some of those persistent cells had metastasized to my brain. They performed a craniotomy last Tuesday at Roswell, and I was home recovering by Friday. With a further plan in place involving focused radiation and ever-advancing immunotherapy I hope to show that this cancer is no match for the “survivor gene” passed along to me from my father.
So on behalf of myself, my family, Roswell Park and my Team, “Kids Just Want to Have Fun,” I shall remain forever grateful!
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