Pat had a cancerous tumor removed from the colon in 1998 and was cancer free for over 7 years. He was in a preventative chemotherapy regimen for a year afterward, with no evidence of recurrence. However, cancer reared it’s ugly head again, but this time, it matastisized to the liver and lower left lung. Pat began his second chemo regimen and always expressed gratefulness for his wife and children, who were a daily support to him. Things got better and then worse …and then better.
Pat returned to work and continued to ride his motorcycle with his chemo pack on!!! What a fighter!!! He considered work great therapy. Although, more importantly, he found the support of his family and his extended LAPD family, a wonderful thing. Pat was passionate about assisting the Cancer Support Group by attending roll calls and providing training regarding the importance of Cancer Prevention and early diagnosis, as he felt he had much to offer through his personal experience. How true! Thank you Pat for your example of compassion, work ethic, and courage in your battle with cancer. You set the bar for others.
We will never forget you!
Pat Beighley died of colon cancer on April 15, 2010.