Jim was born July 12, 1951 and spent his life in Minnesota. He was a very talented architect skilled in the art of drawing. Besides being a successful architect he also was good in many sports such as golf. The Minnesota Twins were a love of his too. He loved traveling with his wife especially to such places as Cape Cod. Everyone who knew Jim could see his big kind heart. There was nobody who was kinder.
It all started with just a simple little sore in Jimís mouth in the earl summer of 2008 that would not go away. Six weeks later he is diagnosed with oral cancer then surgery to remove the tumor then he undergoes radiation and chemotherapy treatment at the same time. Jim was tough and got thru it but in less than four months after the treatment the cancer is back and now it is also in his right lung too. This time Jim under goes a triple chemotherapy cocktail, targeted radiation to his jaw area and another a new drug called Erbitux. By the end of summer 2009 Jim has successfully survived this treatment and is moving on with no cancer in his body. 2010 brings in new year with hope, but a reoccurring collapsed lung keeps plaguing Jim and the cancer has spreads once again. Jim passed away Saturday, June 26, 2010 at home with his wife Joan and their two cats by his side.
Jim was not a smoker and was only a casual drinker. He would have wanted others to know about the risk of getting this type of cancer, so having an organization like the Oral Cancer Foundation available to people is crucial if we are to stop this disease. Jimís family, friends and wife Joan thank you for supporting this organization.
A majority of the proceeds of Jimís Memorial Fund will go to oral cancer research, and specifically new means of early detection.