I have been sitting on a number of obituaries and news stories about fellow myeloma patients who have passed-away recently.
But these myeloma heroes deserve to be recognized!
First, let me start with a personal friend…
Michael “Mike” Olson, age 62, of Menomonie, WI died May 10, 2012 at home with his entire family by his side after a hard fought battle with Multiple Myeloma.
Mike was born November 17, 1949 in Minneapolis, MN to Dennis and Nancy (Ness) Olson. He completed high school at Burnsville High School, and then went on to earn his drafting degree at Bemidji Tech School. Mike served in the U.S. Marine Corps where he reached the rank of Corporal during the Vietnam War. He married Carol A. Rosedahl on May 30, 1980.
Mike worked for the 3M Corporation for many years, living in MN, WI, IL and TX, and the countries of China, Taiwan, and Brazil. He ended his career working in the telecommunications area of 3M Corp. in International Management, retiring in 2006. Mike loved his job, being an explicit planner, but his family was first on his list. Mike enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, playing cards, working on his house and yard, and being out on the lake. His faith in God and the church gave him tremendous comfort.
He is survived by his wife, Carol of Menomonie; 5 children, Jodelle Lund of Rohnert Park, CA, Paul (Denise) Lund of Baxter, MN, Eric (Kristin) Olson of Sussex, WI, Ryan (Michelle) Olson of Holman, WI and Mark (Carissa) Lund, of Wadsworth, IL; 9 grandchildren, Brian and Luke Lund, Matthew and Daniel Olson, Samantha and Benjamin Olson and William, Zachary and Molly Lund; his mother, Nancy Olson, 1 brother, Steve (Mary) Olson; 4 sisters, Betty (Ron) Hanegraaf, Sandra Sterling, Denise Olson-Sutcliffe and Connie (Mark) Merriman; sisters-in-law, Pamela Nelson, Linda (Donald) Ludy and brother-in-law, Thomas (Sharron) Rosedahl; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his father, Dennis Olson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Burton and Jeanette Rosedahl; and brother-in-law, Charles Nelson.
Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2012 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 14, 2012 at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at South Blue Earth Lutheran Cemetery, Seely Township, Faribault County, MN.
Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie, WI is serving the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
I have known Mike for quite a while. He captained a ride for us on the family pontoon boat last fall when Pattie and I visited a pair of myeloma support groups up there. The family has set-up an endearing memorial site, complete with testimonials from a number of Mike’s friends. I believe that there is room for more. CLICK-HERE to access Mike’s site.
Next, I’m not sure if you heard that former NFL player,Stacy Robinson died a week back…
Stacy Robinson, Wide Receiver on Giants’ Super Bowl Teams, Dies at 50
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: May 9, 2012
Stacy Robinson, a wide receiver who won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants before working with the players union, has died. He was 50.
The Giants co-owner John Mara announced the death Tuesday. The place of death was not given. Robinson learned he had multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood, in 2009, according to a family statement. He underwent a bone-marrow transplant provided by his son Stacy and had entered hospice care.
A slender 5 feet 11 inches with blazing speed, Robinson played all six of his N.F.L. seasons for the Giants after he was drafted 46th over all out of North Dakota State in 1985. His career totals were modest: 749 yards and 7 touchdowns in 43 games. Most of his 48 career receptions came in his second season, when he caught 29 passes for 494 yards.
His most memorable game was Dec. 1, 1986, against the San Francisco 49ers on “Monday Night Football.” Trailing by 17-0 at halftime, the Giants scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to win, 21-17, on their way to the playoffs. Robinson caught a 34-yard pass from Phil Simms for the second touchdown, then set up the final score with a grab on a 49-yard pass to the 1-yard line. He finished with 5 catches for a career-high 116 yards.
In the Giants’ Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos in 1987, Robinson had 3 catches for 62 yards. His second Super Bowl title was in 1991, when the Giants beat the Buffalo Bills.
Robinson retired six months later at 29, telling The New York Times that he did not want to go through the “apprehension” of training camp and that he wanted to finish his master’s degree in business from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.
In recent years, he worked for the N.F.L. Players Association, mainly overseeing drug issues. Born in St. Paul, he was on the North Dakota State team that won the 1983 Division II national championship. He caught 88 passes for 1,626 yards and scored 13 touchdowns for the Bisons.
His survivors include his wife, Nadine, and three sons.
I’m an NFL fan, but honestly I don’t remember watching him play. There always seems to be a lot of interest from readers when celebrities die from myeloma. Human nature, I guess.
Finally, this is my favorite–although that may not be an appropriate way to phrase it:
A myeloma buddy of mine named Don died over the weekend. He was the first myeloma patient I met after I was diagnosed, and he acted as a mentor and confidant to me. He will be missed.
I hate this miserable disease.
How about this for an awareness campaign slogan: “Multiple myeloma — the deadliest cancer you never heard of”.
Thanks for all you do to support us. Holt
Holt is a regular reader and we exchange emails often. His “myeloma buddy” died three weeks ago. Myeloma buddy? Sounds like a myeloma hero to me!
I will run more of these in a few days. Rest in peace, good friends. You will all be missed- Pat