November 17, 2010 |
Bob Bryan was one tough hombre. A Philly cop who was paralyzed from the waist down by a gunman's bullet 20 years ago, he never complained and never lost his love of life. Then there was a long, hard fight against throat cancer, and again he never lost his spirit - or his rich sense of humor. But Robert J. Bryan, a South Philadelphia guy who moved to Florida after his retirement, died of complications of the cancer Thursday. He was 74 and lived in Gainesville, Fla. "He suffered through much adversity, but always displayed an infectious love of life and was never bitter or regretful," said his niece Kathleen M. Spurka.
August 20, 2010 |
Just before Christmas of 1998, Philadelphia-area resident Rodney Warner started to get fevers, night sweats, and headaches. The symptoms went on for a couple of years, Warner said, until his body just "shut down. " His doctor ordered a battery of tests and found the problem: Hodgkin's lymphoma. A 34-year-old husband and father, Rodney spent his daughter's second Christmas getting chemo. After his cancer resurfaced in 2001, it was another chemo Christmas for the Warner family. Rodney's family spent the next holiday season supporting him through a bone-marrow transplant.
July 12, 2010 |
Most of the time, the Ben Franklin Bridge spans a river, carrying automobiles, buses, and trucks. But on Sunday morning, the bridge became a river - a river of bicycle spokes sparkling like water in the morning sun, a river of colored jerseys, each catching the light, but most important, a river of stories. Because, if there was anything that united the 4,200 or more riders who embarked on Sunday's 66.2-mile American Cancer Society's Bike-a-thon to raise $1.7 million for cancer research, it was the story behind every ride.
June 24, 2010 |
Kathleen "Kath" P. Collins, a dedicated nurse at Misericordia, Mercy Fitzgerald and St. Agnes hospitals and a woman who inspired others with her joy of living in the face of a deadly disease, died of cancer June 13. She was 57 and lived in Havertown. "Kathleen gratefully enjoyed her life, laughed often, had the greatest stories, gave of her heart, her spirit and her time to all who encountered her," her family wrote in an obituary. In her final days, she said, "I figured it all out. It's about friendship.
April 14, 2010 |
Carolyn Baumann Waltz Boor, 80, of Doylestown, a retired administrator with the American Cancer Society, died of complications from dementia Friday, April 9, at ManorCare in Lansdale. Mrs. Boor grew up in Maryland and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland. In 1951 she married Bruce W. Waltz, whom she had met at a fraternity party at Lehigh University. The couple, who had three children together, divorced in the 1980s. She married Peter Boor in the 1990s.
August 1, 2009
Nothing like a good, healthy-looking tan from an ultraviolet sunbed? Actually, there is something like it: Cigarette-induced cancer, according to new research. And there's nothing healthy about that. That news rocked the tanning-salon business this week. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which previously listed sunbed tanning as a "probable" cause of cancer, moved the practice into the "definite" category. Its report issued Wednesday put the under-30 crowd at a 75 percent higher risk for skin cancer if they use a tanning bed. The IARC - cancer arm of the World Health Organization - also said the cancer risk posed by sunbeds is similar to that of tobacco.
May 4, 2009 |
The popularity of the Blue Cross Broad Street Run keeps rising. A record 26,923 runners registered for yesterday's race, with 23,079 finishing. These numbers top last year's record 22,064 who registered with 19,112 finishing. Reasons for the increase include online registration making it easier for runners and more advertising of the race in mid-Atlantic area. Also, the 10-mile distance is comfortable for runners who aren't up for running half marathons or marathons. Inspiring students Hang around long enough at the finish line and you'll see inspiring sights.
October 26, 2008 |
It would have taken more than a light drizzle to keep family, friends and colleagues of Gail Zane away from Cooper River Park yesterday morning for a walk in her honor. Zane, who would have turned 62 next Friday, died in November after a nine-year battle with thyroid and bone cancer. Organizers hope to make the "Walk for Hope" an annual event. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society for thyroid and bone cancer research. Zane taught first grade at William Tatem School in Collingswood for almost 30 years.
May 24, 2008 |
Byron R. Prusky, 72, of Penn Valley, a lawyer and certified public accountant, died of cancer yesterday at home. For more than 40 years, Mr. Prusky practiced law in the areas of tax planning, estate planning and employee benefits, and he was responsible for incorporating more than 500 small and medium-sized businesses. He participated in seminars on living trusts and estate planning, was a guest on the former WWDB-FM radio program Legal Perspectives, lectured extensively, and wrote articles in legal journals.
April 24, 2008 |
Temple and St. Joseph's are scheduled to host the AAU Quaker City Shootout high school boys' basketball tournament this weekend to benefit the Philadelphia Coaches vs. Cancer School Initiative Program. The event features 600 boys' basketball players - on teams of players 17 years old and under and 16 and under - from New York to Maryland competing in a three-day tournament to support the fight against cancer. More than 30 NCAA Division I basketball coaches, including Philadelphia Coaches vs. Cancer co-chairs Fran Dunphy of Temple and Phil Martelli of St. Joseph's, are also scheduled to attend and watch players they may recruit for the 2009-2010 season.