From Blink-182 bandmember Mark Hoppus’s cancer update to Olympian Elizabeth Beisel’s swim for cancer, here’s what’s happening in the cancer landscape this week.
Blink-182 bassist and singer, Mark Hoppus, announced this week that he has officially been declared cancer-free. He had previously shared news of his stage 4a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma diagnosis earlier this summer, later disclosing it was the same type of cancer that his mother had survived.
“Just saw my oncologist and I’m cancer free!!” he wrote via Instagram.
The performer thanked friends and family for their support, kindness and love. The news came just two weeks after he shared that he had completed his last round of chemotherapy, which he had previous spoken openly about the difficulty of.
“Let me tell you something that is real, and it absolutely sucks,” he said, according to Outsider. “A side effect of the chemotherapy is you get something called ‘chemo brain.’ And for me, I forget things that I should have just on call. Like people’s names, song titles, like anything. I just forget stuff. People will be talking to me, and five minutes later I’ll ask them a question, and they’ll be like, ‘I just told you that five minutes ago.’ So, kind of sucks.”
However, now cancer-free and finished with chemotherapy treatments, Hoppus explained that he’ll just need to get scans done every six months to make sure all is well.
“It’ll take me until the end of the year to get back to normal,” he wrote. “But today is an amazing day and I feel so blessed.”
Elizabeth Beisel, who was a U.S. silver and bronze medalist in the 2012 London Olympics – and participated in the 2008 and 2016 Olympics – became the first woman to swim the length of Block Island in Rhode Island.
Beisel, 29, completed the 10.4-mile swim to raise money for cancer research and awareness. The Block Cancer swim, which she completed in five hours and 19 minutes, has raised over $130,000.
The swim was done to honor the memory of her father, Ted Beisel, who died in July 2021 from pancreatic cancer. Beisel focused on training for the swim after working as a commentator this summer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“I just wish my dad was here, honestly,” Beisel told Swimming World Magazine. “I know that he’s here in spirit. Everybody who has fought cancer and who’s beat cancer, this is for them.”
Harry Slade’s father, Richard Slade, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May last year. Now, Slade plans to run the London Marathon to honor his father and raise money for the Christie charity, the largest cancer center in Europe.
“On the 7th of May last year, our world was completely turned upside down when Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,” Slade told BBC. “Dad himself is a cancer surgeon based in the northwest of England, so it’s his job to offer care to thousands and thousands of patients he looks after. But that doesn’t make it any easier to break the news to your family.”
Slade explained that while he struggled to accept the news in the beginning, it’s brought them closer as a family.
“We’ve started to appreciate everything in life,” he said. “And I know it’s cliché, but it really does put things into perspective.”
In June 2020, the family decided to create a plan as to how they can help fund research to continue to learn more about pancreatic cancer. That’s what led to Slade decided to run the marathon for the Christie charity. He also previously ran the London marathon in 2019 for the Christie charity after seeing his father’s impact on his patients.
“This year is obviously a lot more personal,” he said. “It might be too late for the likes of Dad, but if it can help thousands of families in the future, then that’s going to be massively beneficial because it’s something that Dad has dedicated his life to.”
This year marks the fifth year in a row that the Green Bay Packers football team will participate in a campaign with the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation and Bellin Health to raise money and awareness for cancer research and treatment.
The Packers will sell knit hats and Packers vs. Cancer New Era caps in their Packers Pro Shop during October, with each purchase donating $5 to the cause. Customers add additional money to their purchase for donation as well.
At their Oct. 3 game, the Packers will hand out “Packers vs. Cancer” banners to fans, and highlight cancer survivors and those affected by cancer – including players, coaches and alumni.
"Nationwide, missed screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic number in the millions, and those missed screenings have real long-term implications for the lives and livelihoods of people here in our region and across the United States," Chris Woleske, Bellin Health president and CEO, told the Green Bay Press Gazette. "We know early screening saves lives. Get screened, tell your loved ones to get screened."
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