Thank you all for this. I'm so humbled by the outpouring of love and affection for Ron during his illness and now. I know we will all miss him.
Ron had an inherited gastrointestinal disease, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis. Familial adenomatous polyposis, called FAP, is a genetic condition. It is diagnosed when a person develops more than 100 adenomatous colon polyps. An adenomatous polyp is an area where normal cells that line the inside of a person’s colon form a mass on the inside of the intestinal tract. The average age for polyps to develop in people with FAP is in the mid-teens. Most people with FAP will have multiple colon polyps by age 35. If FAP is not recognized and treated, there is a very high likelihood that a person will develop colorectal cancer. Individuals with FAP also have an increased chance of developing cancer in other organs, including the stomach, small intestine and the pancreas and bilary tree, including the liver.
Ron had his colon removed when he was 15. Although he was diligent about getting checked every year, he was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Gastric Cancer in March 2019 following routine hernia surgery. Ron never let his disease slow him down , although it would on occasion.
Most who knew him never knew of his disease. One of the reasons he and Cheryl never had children was because of the potential to pass along this disease which his father also had and also died from. Ron's disease provided the pathway for Ron's cancer to occur.
The money raised here will be used by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance to fund research, providing grants for research, provide financial assistance for screening and providing patient and family support for those facing a cancer diagnosis.
If you don't want to donate here, please consider donating to any organization of your choice which focuses on gastrointestinal cancer research. If you do nothing else, remember to take care of yourselves and schedule your colonoscopy. The American Cancer Society states that colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2019 are:
101,420 new cases of colon cancer
44,180 new cases of rectal cancer
Thank you - Cheryl