Hello to all who may follow Larry’s steps. I had previously written about my friend and big brother Larry and his fight against melanoma cancer. Please allow me to invite you to visit with Larry again! Lar was my big brother, my best friend. He loved to laugh, plant flowers outside, and Christmas was his most favorite time of year. He was the one who tried, with extreme patience, to teach me algebra. He would wait each day, as I was always late, to walk me to the bus … and then, usually, would have to walk me to school … because I missed the bus! Lar died this past April, of a little spoken of, but very deadly cancer: melanoma. Melanoma is by far the most dangerous of skin cancers. It is not only a “sun cancer,” as some believe. Lar fought hard. He accepted, with patience, all that was thrown at him. Even when insurance refused to pay for needed treatments, even when he did not receive the best chemo, but the chemo therapy that the insurance would pay, when tests were cancelled because he couldn’t pay out of pocket … yes, even then, he accepted and never was angry! I wrote to senators, congress, the president himself! Heath care had to change, so that those like my brother would be given a fighting chance!
I started a charitable-nonprofit-certified foundation for this reason. No one should ever be denied the best treatments because their insurance is not adequate! Larry’s Steps Inc. was founded on that premise. We have, since our incorporation, financially helped melanoma fighters in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and California. We have given to these brave people, so that they can fight another day. “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies” … Lar was that grain of wheat. His death is now, others hope. I invite all who read this story, to visit our website Larrys steps.org. This is our promise and pledge to all fighting melanoma skin cancer. We have given, to date, $2000 to the warriors of melanoma cancer. Many times, they will email me with their stories. They have become an extended family. I share their suffering, and weep when one dies. We walk with them, step with them on their journey. View Lar’s story, speak to others about melanoma cancer, learn as much as you can about this horrific disease. Join us as we continue to help in any way we can, so those with melanoma can celebrate another birthday with their loved ones. I thank you for reading this. My hope is that others will join in the fight!
Yours always in hope,