With the 4th of July holiday here, I just wanted to express a personal feeling of gratitude to Luis ALVAREZ, age 53, who recently passed away from cancer that he contracted while working at the Twin Towers rescue and recovery site, following the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001, in New York City.
In his very last days, Luis Alvarez, weakened by cancer, summoned his last bits of strength to speak directly to Congress, pleading with them to look after all his fellow comrades, and their healthcare needs, many of whom now are experiencing severe health problems ... after responding to the September 11 tragedy and working there in search and rescue missions, as well as the eventual months of clearing up the debris and damage … surrounded by smoke, soot, pollutants, and toxins at the site.
I was moved by Luis Alvarez's passionate plea for our country to look after his comrades who remain … those heroic first responders, many of whom now are experiencing severe health conditions. Shortly after his speech to Congress, Mr. Alvarez was put under Hospice care, and his funeral has now been held.
In my eyes, he is a true example of American courage and heroism … past, present, and future.
His last bits of strength were dedicated to looking after the well being of his comrades and their loved ones … a true example of compassion and concern for others.
I see this same spirit of camaraderie and compassion here, each day, on this website. That's why Luis Alvarez's courage and heroism moved me so much --- especially in time for the July 4th holiday this year.
Thank you, to every reader here --- who reaches out in countless ways to other cancer patients --- neighbors, friends, community members, and readers here on this website.
This website is a shining example of what it means to REACH OUT to others! Thank you to all readers, visitors, and responders here!
Thank you, with a debt of heartfelt gratitude, to Luis Alvarez, for carrying that heavy torch, keeping it lit through the years, and shining your bright light, for others in need …
With all my best,
CYCLONE ~ Iowa State University
PSA At Diagnosis In Year 2013 : 138
Initial Diagnosis: Advanced Prostate Cancer, With Metastases In Both Lungs
Age At Diagnosis: 48 years
ADT Treatments: LUPRON, FIRMAGON, & currently ZOLADEX
Subsequent Treatments: Chemotherapy (TAXOTERE) & ZYTIGA & RADIATION
Additional Consultant - Dr. KWON - Mayo Clinic
Current PSA Level: < 0.10 - Undetectable Range - Treatments Ongoing
Post Edited (Cyclone-ISU) : 7/5/2019 11:45:02 AM (GMT-6)