Lance McDonald, beloved son, husband, and friend, was an avid runner and fierce crossword puzzler! He LOVED to go see live music, travel, and visit art museums. Similar to other victims of oral and head and neck cancers, Lance loved life and his ended too soon!!
Lance was first diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue at the end of July in 2011. He underwent surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy treatment. Lance was cancer free for over two years before being re-diagnosed in July of 2014. Unfortunately, when his cancer returned it was more aggressive and affected not just his tongue but also one of his tonsils, oropharynx, and the floor of his mouth. Lance underwent very difficult surgery to remove the tumors in August of 2014. While Lance was still healing and recovering from his surgery, the cancer returned a third time—still more aggressive and relentless! Heroically, Lance endured numerous chemotherapy treatments to fight his cancer and extend his life. Those that knew Lance were inspired by his strength and grace throughout his fight. After 4 years of fighting, Lance passed away on July 20, 2015 at the age of 44… Much much too soon!!! Lance’s wife, family, and friends are heartbroken at losing him. Although gone in body, Lance’s spirit will live forever in all who knew and loved him.
Funds donated in Lance’s memory will advance the goals of the Oral Cancer Foundation to reduce suffering and save lives by spreading awareness, supporting research, and helping those affected by oral cancer. Thank you for honoring Lance’s memory and helping to fight this terribly cruel disease with your donation.