What does Steve Jobs [The Apple Guy], Patrick Swayze [actor], Ruth Bader Ginsburg [judge], Joan Crawford [actress], Michael Landon [‘Little Joe’ actor], Fred Gwynne, Luciano Pavorotti, Jack Benny, Rex Harrison, Donna Reed, Henry Mancini, Count Basie and “Grover J.” all have in common?
And who is Grover J?
Steve Jobs: Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2004. He suffered from pancreatic endocrine cancer, which affects about 2,500 Americans each year. Jobs died in October 2011 after battling the disease for eight years.
Patrick Swayze: Diagnosed in 2008, actor Patrick Swayze battled pancreatic cancer with an experimental drug. He continued to work throughout treatment, a testament to his strength during his battle. Swayze died in September 2009. Read more about Patrick Swayze’s cancer diagnosis.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: In 2009, the Supreme Court Justice underwent surgery to treat pancreatic cancer. It was detected during an annual health exam and was in the very early stages of the disease. People with early stage pancreatic cancer generally have better outcomes than those diagnosed in later stages. Ginsburg continues to serve as a Supreme Court Justice.
Joan Crawford: Oscar-winning actress and screen legend Joan Crawford died of a heart attack while battling pancreatic cancer in 1971.
Michael Landon: Actor Michael Landon’s pancreatic cancer was diagnosed in the late stages and had already spread to his liver. Despite intensive treatment, Landon succumbed to the disease in April 1991.
Fred Gwynne: Best known for his role on the television series The Munsters, Fred Gwynne died of pancreatic cancer in July 1993.
Luciano Pavarotti: In July 2006, opera singer Luciano Pavarotti underwent surgery to treat a malignant pancreatic mass, forcing him to cancel his farewell tour. A little over a year later in September 2007, Pavarotti died of the disease.
Jack Benny: Comedian Jack Benny began experiencing symptoms in October 1974, which eventually led to a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. The actor died just weeks later in December at age 80.
Rex Harrison: It is reported that actor Rex Harrison was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1989. Little is known about his diagnosis, such as the stage and treatment. He died in 1990.
Donna Reed: Actress Donna Reed died of pancreatic cancer just three months after being diagnosed in October 1986. She was 64.
Henry Mancini: Musical composer Henry Mancini died of pancreatic cancer in June 1994.
Count Basie: Jazz pianist and composer Count Basie died of pancreatic cancer in April 1984. He was 79.
Grover J.: was my dad. He died in 1991 from Pancreatic Cancer. He was 70.
Last month was all pink for breast cancer. I’m thinking purple for pancreatic cancer.
Until Next time,