The 2018 Esophageal Cancer Memory Walk
Clinton County, Indiana has, since 2000, lost 19 people to Esophageal Cancer. April 21, 2018 will mark our 5th year to hold a Memory Walk to honor our loved ones lost to EC. Here are the stories of two of those being honored this year.
Jerry’s daughter, Bonny, wrote:
My Dad had been having some difficulty with coughing whenever he would eat. On Thanksgiving Day, 2004, he had a coughing spell that lasted over an hour. Despite our urging, it was February, 2005 before he went to the doctor for scans and tests. The news was devastating to him and to us…esophageal cancer. Even though he was determined to beat it, he succumbed to this horrible beast of a disease on August 9, 2006. This was a man who loved life, his family and Jesus. EC robbed us of a wonderful husband, son (yes, son too, because he preceded his own mother in death), father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend at just 61 years of age. EC robbed this kind, gentle, and strong man of time with grandsons Nick and Jake, granddaughter, Elizabeth, and great-grandchildren, Emily and Jonathan. He is sadly missed by all.
Victor’s son Jason wrote:
My Dad was complaining of back pain. He went to a chiropractor and a few other doctors and it never went away. One doctor sent him to have some tests and we all figured, surely not anything bad. I went with my Dad to the doctor visit to hear the results. The doctor calmly told my Dad that he had stage 4 cancer and it started in his esophagus. We were all shocked, scared and in disbelief. We walked out of the doctor’s office not saying a word and not sure what to say at all. Then my Dad said, “Stage 4 wouldn’t sound so bad if there were like 12 stages”. My Dad was always making people laugh. He was one of the most lovable guys you could meet. So many people have come to me and the family and told stories about my Dad with laughter and tears by the end. Many people miss my Dad’s laugh, and we try to carry on the joy of life he brought to us.
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