It is an honor to be featured at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute portal. I hope you like this story on a determination to help others. This fits in with our posts on giving back. Whatever cause you support, please donate and volunteer. In the era of COVID-19, organizations need your support more than ever. [Sorry, if I sound like a broken record. But it may be a matter of life or death.]
After Surviving Pancreatic Cancer, a Determination to Help Others
Joel Evans got a second chance at life. Now he’s giving back — by giving others strength and hope.
“My experience overall was life-altering,” the now 72-year-old said. “It made me ask myself, ‘What am I here for? What am I doing during my remaining time?’” In response, he began volunteering for the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. As a way to share his story and support other patients, he wrote a book about his experience called Surviving Cancer and Embracing Life: My Personal Journey.
“I wanted to try to cheer other people up and tell them that there is hope,” Joel said. “We need to get beyond the fear of hearing a diagnosis because in six months, the illness is going to be worse. I would like to get the word out to not be afraid.”
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