My father, Irv Shuman, who was hardly sick a day in his life, was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 1998. With much care from Roswell Park he fought the illness and lived until 2012. Some of that time was so difficult but much of it was joyous and fulfilling. Since the time he was diagnosed to today there have been incredible advancements in treatments for that particular form of cancer and patients with Multiple Myeloma now can expect to live many years with treatment.
My mother-in-law, Barbara Kramer, was diagnosed in the winter of 1989 with pancreatic cancer and died in August of the same year. She was 53 years old. Neither I nor any of our kids ever got the chance to know her. Still a deadly cancer, research continues and we pray that a cure will be found for it soon.
My sister, Diane Harkavy, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36. She never smoked, and by that age had given birth to and nursed 4 children. And she doesn't carry the BRCA gene for breast cancer. So you see she doesn't fit the profile of those at particular risk. Yet, she still got cancer. Thankfully, because of great medical advancements, she survived the illness and is healthy and cancer-free today.
This year I am joining that list. In May I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and I am currently in treatment and under the watchful and outstanding care of Dr. Pallawi Torka and her exceptional team. I always knew that RPCI was a great hospital but experiencing it as a patient has opened my eyes to what a gem we have in Buffalo.
The point is that with one in two men and one in three women in America being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, most of us know someone who has been affected by this devastating disease. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE by supporting me in The Ride For Roswell.
Funds raised through The Ride support cutting-edge research and compassionate, innovative patient care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Please consider making a donation today. Together, we can help find cancer cures and save lives.