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In January 2007, Dwayne was diagnosed with “Pancreatic Cancer”. Doctors discovered a cancerous tumor located on the head of my pancreas along with other cancer markers. Dwayne sought treatment at USC/Norris Cancer Center.
Dwaynes wife, Jackie, became his primary care giver during his illness. Jackie and Lily Ruff, (LAPCSG Board Member), were friends in high school and Lily encouraged Dwayne to attend the LAPCSG’s monthly meeting at the Police Academy. Dwayne attended his first Cancer Support Group Meeting in January 2007. Since retiring from the Los Angeles Police Department in 1992, Dwayne always considered LAPD as his second Family and the Cancer Support Group offered him and his family support and understanding during his battle with this terrible disease called “Cancer”.
Although it sounds so simple, Dwayne was moved by a card sent to him by Lily Ruff during a very venerable time in his Chemotherapy treatment. The card had words of encouragement and a ”Face of a Lion”, which Dwayne identified with in his battle. One of the things Dwayne learned from the Cancer Support Group is that you do not need to be a doctor to help others. Family and friendship is what life is about and sometimes, it’s as simple as sending a card to someone.
During Dwayne’s illness, through his participation in the Cancer Support Group, he helped others reduce their burdens in their personal battle with cancer. We miss him dearly. Dwayne lost his battle with cancer on April 24, 2008, but not without leaving his mark on all those who know him.