" You've Got to Give Back"
John McDonald: Began "Cut for the Cure"
13 years ago to raise money for cancer research.
On the list of worst nightmares, what John and Ginny McDonald were facing must rank at the top. Ginny had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and given just six months to live. Then John found out he had prostate cancer. In his sixties at the time, he went to see urologists at hospitals in his hometown of Philadelphia and didn't like the odds the doctors were quoting for urinary continence and potency. "They gave me an 80 percent chance of having continence but only a 50 percent chance of maintaining potency," he recalls. "I said, 'I'm just not ready for that.' One doctor said, 'That's just the way it is.'
"There we were, my wife's fighting breast cancer,
Even better, Ginny beat all the odds, and lived for nine and a half more years. "She was one of the ones they call a five-percenter. They last longer than anyone can expect." Ginny endured grueling treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, then lived to see her daughter get married, and to see her first grandson. "She saw what she wanted to see in life. She got most of her bucket wishes done."
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