April 23, 2013 |
Every lifetime should have at least one: The great teacher, the one who inspired, the one who changed your life. For decades of students in Delaware County, Robert Malkovsky - Mr. Mal, or just Mal - was such a teacher. Six-foot-four with a booming voice and a big laugh, he was a gentle giant who ignited a fire for physics in his students. He explained the incomprehensible. He would quietly foot the bills for prom dresses. He made all kids feel as though they were worth listening to. And so Mal's death - so unexpected because he appeared to have won his long battle with pancreatic cancer - was devastating news to those who knew him, as though a light had gone out for them.
April 11, 2013 |
Four University of Pennsylvania researchers have been awarded $2.4 million in grants to study pancreatic cancer. They were among $5 million in grants announced Wednesday by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN) and the American Association for Cancer Research. The money came from PCAN. Both groups were involved in choosing the grant recipients. Only 6 percent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are alive after five years. PCAN's goal is to double the survival rate by 2020.
March 23, 2013
Harry Reems, 65, the male star of the 1972 cultural phenomenon Deep Throat, which brought pornography to mainstream audiences, died Tuesday at the veterans' hospital in Salt Lake City. He had multiple health issues, including pancreatic cancer, said his wife of 23 years, Jeanne Sterrett Reems. Mr. Reems, who was born in New York in 1947 as Herbert Streicher, served in the Marines before he ended up in the entertainment industry in the 1970s. He aspired to become a serious actor but was thrown in front of the camera while working on the production crew for Deep Throat.
March 12, 2013 |
Few things in life are as anxiety-provoking as the diagnostic tests cancer patients endure every few months. A CT scan or an MRI can provide a reason to hope - or a death sentence. It's no wonder, then, that patients and their families feel "scanxiety" in the days leading up to tests, and again before getting results. Hearts race, palms sweat, and middle-of-the-night thoughts leap to worst-case scenarios. It doesn't have to be that way, says Gabriel Rocco, a contemplative counselor and meditation instructor.
March 5, 2013 |
IN A EULOGY that inspired practically everyone inside Bright Hope Baptist Church to jump up and cheer, the Rev. Kevin R. Johnson described Arlene Ackerman as "a woman who dared to dream. " Ackerman, who died at 66 last month of pancreatic cancer, was a lifelong educator whose three-year tenure as head of the Philadelphia School District was rife with controversy. Hundreds of supporters, including politicians, parents and educators, filled the pews Sunday afternoon to memorialize a spirited woman who they said was criticized for not playing politics instead of praised for having a "just-get-it-done" attitude.
March 3, 2013 |
There was an outpouring of grief Friday from friends of actress Bonnie Franklin , 69, who died earlier in the day of pancreatic cancer. "My heart is breaking," Franklin's One Day at a Time costar Valerie Bertinelli told People. "Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me. " Bertinelli added that "she taught me to navigate . . . [life] with grace and humor. " Sally Jessy Raphael tweeted, "The world has lost a gifted actress, and more importantly, a wonderful lady.
February 23, 2013 |
As a point guard, Mackenzie Rule is used to handling the basketball. So when the Cardinal O'Hara girls' team was playing possession in the waning seconds of its Catholic League semifinal Thursday night against Archbishop Carroll at Philadelphia University, the ball found its way to Rule. It definitely meant something to Rule, her teammates, and the dozens of fans wearing purple in support of the senior. Rule said she felt as if her teammates "wanted" her to be the last one holding the ball.
February 18, 2013 |
Jean Gaasch had traveled the world over, but she believed that in the end, God would not ask her where she had been, only what she had done for the greater good. If so, he had best make himself comfortable. He'll be there awhile. Mrs. Gaasch died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday, Feb. 9, at home in Moorestown. In her 82 years, she wrote a thousand local newspaper columns, taught hundreds of third graders, and raised her hand for many a community cause. But chief among the talking points: She helped craft the future of the arts in South Jersey.
February 14, 2013 |
Memorial services have been scheduled for Arlene C. Ackerman, the former superintendent of the Philadelphia School District, in Philadelphia and Albuquerque, N.M. In Philadelphia, a memorial service is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Bright Hope Baptist Church, 1601 N. 12th St. A memorial service in Albuquerque is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Fellowship Baptist Church, 8550 Saul Bell Rd. Dr. Ackerman, 66, who was superintendent in...
February 14, 2013
By Seymour I. "Spence" Toll After my 48 years of blessed marriage to Jean Barth Toll, pancreatic cancer swept her away in 1999. For all those years, and ever since, I have been a one-woman man. At the core of it was the appeal of her warm, gentle, and unpretentious spirit, with its unfailing kindness, deep friendships, and boundless capacity for our singular love. She had another delightful self. Although she could dress as tastefully as a conservatively clad fashion model, she enjoyed clothing that was not only old but beat up. She often wore a sweater in which her elbows poked out of holes in the sleeves.