Treated 2007 • Posted 2018

“I was married in 2006 just before my diagnosis. Recently, Karen and I celebrated both our eleventh wedding anniversary along with my proton anniversary. I am pleased to report that my love for her has grown over this time, just as my PSA has diminished to flat-line levels. I could not be happier. There have been no proton side-effects at all."

After being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007, I stumbled onto the proton miracle via my college roommate in Illinois who worked on some of the first nuclear devices at Loma Linda University Health. Some of his fellow engineers actually became early patients at LLUCC and easily attested to the program. BOB founder Bob Marckini's book came out about the same time. Based on conversations with other "happy customers," I was soon off to the races. Loma Linda was just as Bob Marckini father had said; there were no surprises. 

I was married in 2006 just before my diagnosis. Recently, Karen and I celebrated both our eleventh wedding anniversary along with my proton anniversary. I am pleased to report that my love for her has grown over this time, just as my PSA has diminished to flat-line levels. I could not be happier. There have been no proton side-effects at all.

I have out-lived my knife-happy urologist and have lost 40 pounds to get my BMI back to my "Baywatch body" days.  We have added one grandchild since 2007 and I am now retired, working on family genealogy and photo history. I will soon break through age 74, but feel like I am 47!  

These happy years have been given to us because of the proton beam pioneering efforts at Loma Linda, and through the hard work and support given to the hospital by BOB's Deb Hickey, Bob Marckini, and the many other team members. May God continue to shower us all with His loving generosity!

Below is a photo of Larry and Karen on New Year's Eve, 2017.

"I have not spent one dollar on medicines or follow-up procedures in my 13 years post-proton treatment."
- Wayne Swartz, BOB Member
"You owe it to yourself and to those who love you to safeguard your quality of life. Surgery will not do that ... proton therapy can."
- Jeannie Chase, Spouse
- Warren Johns, BOB member
"15 years have passed since exposure to the penetrating power of the proton and the superb medical skills of the 'beam team.'”
"The procedure was a breeze. It has been 10 years and I feel GREAT.”
- Tom Wright, BOB member
"As long as I live, I will do everything I can to spread the word about proton treatment.”
- Jim Tuggey, BOB member
"I am celebrating 8 years post-treatment with no recurrence, no side effects, and not one more penny for medications."
Robert T. Gore, M.D. F.A.C.O.G.

 


The Purcell's fairy tale life came to a halt when the doctor diagnosed Pat with prostate cancer. 

Little did they know that 25 years earlier, a doctor 1,200 miles away risked his entire career to pioneer proton treatment with virtually no side effects. “Against All Odds” follows a couple’s desire to fight cancer and unveils the historical account of a doctor’s passion to discover a better treatment option.

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Proton Therapy Advantages:

· Less damage to healthy tissue
· Non-invasive, painless

· Outpatient setting
· No recovery time
· Lower chance of recurrence
· Few, if any, side effects

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