Charlie was diagnosed with liposarcoma in January 2010 at age 62. He was on a business trip when he had severe pain and could hardly walk. He had been misdiagnosed as having diverticulitis a few weeks prior to his diagnosis of cancer. He was a healthy and active businessman, husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He went to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for treatment. It was discovered he also had bladder cancer. He was treated first for the bladder cancer and he then received chemotherapy for his sarcoma followed by surgery. He had 3 surgeries and went out of the country to receive a drug that would slow the tumor growth.
In September he had a partial bowel blockage which kept him from working and eventually led to dehydration and blood clots to his lungs after hospital stays.
He loved life and people. He always saw the glass as half full instead of half empty. He wanted to raise money to help those who would get sarcoma but not have the means to get the excellent treatment he received.
He always had hope. He hoped he would have many more days to help others. Hopefully, the donations made to The Sarcoma Foundation of America will continue what he dreamed of doing and bring many miracles to many other lives.
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