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Last update: 01/16/2012  

Understandably, the general public is not aware of lymphoma and many do not know what it is.   Those who know, will believe it is something that happens to someone else. I know that I did not give it a moment's thought until 1996. ~ Karl Schwartz

In the News:

bullet Jan 2012 - Reuters: Black Sabbath guitarist diagnosed with lymphoma
Paul Azinger Professional golfer has been treated for lymphoma.
John Baker

In July 1998, WI member Angela Baker lost her husband, John, an official at Yorkshire Dales National Park, England, to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Margaret Riva Bartok

Loved the absurdity of life and found humor in everything -- died of lymphoma.

Laurie Shaffer Bottoms An author and educator who was the founding executive director of Kentucky's Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning died of complications of lymphoma.
Ed Bradley "pioneering black journalist who was a fixture in American living rooms on Sunday nights for more than a quarter century on “60 Minutes,” died today of complications from chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 65."   PBS
Judith Campos McKeehan An attorney who was the first woman to serve as president of the Sacramento County Bar Association, died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
William Casey Mr. Casey, who died May 6, 1987, from pneumonia caused by lymphoma, was head of the CIA during the mid-1980s Iran-Contra scandal.
Edward E. Crutchfield Chairman and chief executive of First Union Corp was diagnosed with lymphoma.
John Cullen Professional hockey player was diagnosed with lymphoma.
Rich Dambakly Rich Dambakly of New York City, who spent four months working at ground zero after the World Trade Center attacks, overcame several months of chemotherapy for lymphoma to finish Ironman USA Lake Placid in July. (Reported in Inside Triathlon.com) 
Gwen Darien

Editor and Publisher of MAMM magazine (magazine is for women with breast and ovarian cancer) was diagnosed in 1993 with NHL- she was thirty five at that time.

James O. Freedman ", ... a former president of Dartmouth College and the University of Iowa and a forceful voice against anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance on college campuses, died yesterday at his home in Cambridge, Mass. He was 70. He died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his son, Jared, said." - nytimes.com/ 
Andres Galarraga Plays baseball for the Atlanta Braves has received treatment for lymphoma.
Tim Garton  Tim Garton was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Masters Swimmer in 1997. He was diagnosed with an incurable form of lymphoma in 1991.
Dick Gregory Civil rights activist and comedian was diagnosed last year with lymphoma (Oct 2000)
Jim Henry Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Henry of Kingston said yesterday that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma - News item
Gary Jobson World-class sailor and sailing commentator. “When you get a disease, you don’t have to control over events. Sailing, you have control. It (the disease) makes you appreciate when the good times come.”
Chancellor Michael Hooker

Has undergone treatment at UNC Hospital for lymphoma.

Anthony Herrera 24-year actor for the CBS daytime drama, "As The World Turns" - playing the part of villainous James Stenbeck - News item Feb 2004
David A. Huffman The founding faculty member of the computer science department at the University of California-Santa Cruz and a pioneer in the field of electrical engineering, has died after a 10-month battle with lymphoma. He was 74.
Arte Johnson Arte Johnson was a regular on Laugh-In and was successfully treated for lymphoma about 5 years ago. Details 
LeShon Johnson Former football player for the NY Giants
Lauren Hart

Whose silvery voice fills First Union Center at every Flyers game with the national anthem, has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, or cancer of the lymph nodes. 

King Hussein of Jordan Died following a stem cell transplant therapy for lymphoma.
Mark James 1999 European Ryder Cup captain was diagnosed with lymphoma.
Ray Katt

 

Former Major League catcher Ray Katt, known for his compassion and competitive spirit while coach at Texas Lutheran, has died at age 72 of lymphoma.
Cheryl Kinsey

 

To pinpoint the most memorable moment with her daughter Laura, a 28-year-old history graduate student at UCLA, because she says they shared so many of them.  She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Saku Koivu Hockey player and captain of the Montreal Canadiens has NHL.
Joseph Kosarek Joseph Kosarek overcomes lymphoma to set power lifting mark.
Jackson Clarion Ledger ... "of Jackson, MS, USA ... who served 24 years in the Legislature, including a stint as chairman of the House Insurance Committee, has died at age 74 after a long bout with lymphoma"
Jon Lester "Diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma in August, Lester received treatment at both the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and at his hometown Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. His last chemotherapy dose was delivered on December 4. His last check-up was in January. And now, newly 23 and cancer-free, Lester is ready to play ball." - thecancerblog.com 
Clarence Lightner  In July of 2002, Raleigh's first and only black mayor died at the age of 80.  Clarence Lightner served as mayor from 1973 to 1975 but those who knew him say his love for the city lasted a lifetime. Slaughter died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Charles A. Lindbergh Lindbergh died of lymphoma in 1974, at age 72.
Charles Lowe Actors Rob and Chad Lowe's father, Charles, was diagnosed with NHL  in 1999.  
Larry Lucchino San Diego Padres President Larry Lucchino is recovering from prostate cancer surgery, the team announced. This is the second bout with cancer for Lucchino, 54. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was diagnosed in September 1985.
Louis Malle Candice Bergen's husband, died at age 63 in 1999 from lymphoma.     
Jeff MacNelly Pulitzer Prize-winning "Shoe" cartoonist died of lymphoma. He was 52.
Mickey Mantle, Jr. In 1995, Mickey, 63, died of cancer, two months after he had a liver transplant.  In December 2000, Mickey Jr., 47, died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Roger Maris Baseball great.  He was just 51 when he died of lymphoma in 1985.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez The Colombian Nobel Prize-winning author, diagnosed with lymphatic cancer.
Dave Marshall Jr. An assistant boys' basketball coach at Royal High, on Dec. 27, of complications from lymphoma.
Dennis "D-rock" Miles   the hockey-masked rhythm guitarist with rapper Ice-T's hard-rock band Body Count, has died after a battle with lymphoma.
James Andre Maule started studies at the University of the West Indies in the faculty of Natural Sciences, but then at age 23, James was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer which did not prevent him from continuing to work at Asa Wright and to study at UWI.  Source
Loonis McGlohon Loonis McGlohon was, first and foremost, a musician. He was also a renowned composer, an entrepreneur, a mentor and a good friend. Loonis died on January 26 after battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for nine or so years.
Bob O'Connor  Mayor Bob O'Connor [of Pittsburgh] begins chemo for CNS lymphoma - pittsburghlive.com 
Jackie Kennedy Onassis Former first lady of the USA died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Steve O'Toole A 36 year old father and former Desert Storm soldier from Revere, MA died in April 2000 from NHL
Judge Jerry R. Parker Judge Jerry R. Parker who served on the 2nd District Court of Appeal since 1987, has died after an 18-month battle with lymphoma. He was 62. - January 13, 2003
Jim Patterson Former Fresno Mayor Jim Patterson has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in the colon.  Oct 18, 2002 
Sister Ida Peterfy

Who founded a forward-looking order of nuns that was one of the first in the country to eschew wearing the traditional habit, died after a long struggle with lymphoma.

Sarah Pettit Sarah Pettit, a lesbian journalist who helped found the nation's largest gay magazine, Out, died Wednesday. She was 36. Pettit died at a New York hospital from complications related to lymphoma, said a spokesman at Newsweek, where she worked after leaving Out. She had been on leave from Newsweek since last March, battling the illness. AP-NY-01-22-03 1922 EST
Bob Pohl 9/13/02 The Republican Party's hopes to unseat incumbent Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson in the Nov. 5 race for 35th District Assembly (CA) lies in shambles today following Bob Pohl's sudden announcement Thursday that he has cancer (lymphoma) and is withdrawing from the race.
Joey Ramone Musician (Punk rocker), died at age 49.
Steve Reeves Whose Mr. Universe physique won him the role of Hercules in European-made action films in the 1950s and '60s, has died of lymphoma. He was 74.
Julia Reichert ... "who made a documentary on five Cincinnati-area children's battles with cancer says she's been diagnosed with late-stage lymphoma." (Jan 2006) - wtol.com/
Glen S. Rosengarten Glen S. Rosengarten, 54, of Greenwich, was an executive who helped develop the specialty food supermarket chain Food Emporium. He died of Lymphoma in November 2002.  (Newsday report.)
Dan Rowan Dan Rowan (of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In) also died of lymphoma.
Jim Ryan Republican nominee for Governor of Illinois, has NHL
Kenneth Schermerhorn The conductor of the Nashville Symphony died last week (April 2005) after a brief battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Pete Schmidt

Indiana's offensive coordinator was diagnosed with a form of lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph glands at the age of 51.

Joe Shapiro The former general counsel for Walt Disney Co died of lymphoma.
Cliff Schrock For seven years, Schrock has been living with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which was diagnosed just a few days before he went to the British Open in 1995 to cover the event for Golf Digest. 
Fred Thompson Fred Thompson, the actor and former U.S. senator who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination, disclosed Wednesday that he has a slow-growing type of lymphoma and that, after treatment, the disease is in remission.  http://scienceblogs.com/ 
Mr. T 
(Laurence Tureaud)

TV actor was diagnosed with lwith T-cell lymphoma.  He presently is in remission. Details 

Paul E. Tsongas Candidate for president of the USA in 1992
Susan Vreeland Is living proof that nothing concentrates the mind better than the prospect of death. A few years ago, after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, she wrote a novel centered on a fictional portrait by 17th century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer.
Wendy Wasserstein "Playwright Wendy Wasserstein, who chronicled the feminist struggles and successes of the baby-boomer generation in such wryly observant works as ''The Heidi Chronicles'' and ''The Sisters Rosensweig,'' has died of lymphoma at the age of 55." (Jan 2006)  - sltrib.com 
Andy Whitfield
2011: Andy Whitfield, who played the title role in the hit cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," has died at age 39, according to representatives and family

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Gene Widler

A comedian and respected supporter of cancer patients was diagnosed with lymphoma.

Marvin Wood

 

Who coached a tiny high school's basketball team to the Indiana state championship, portrayed in the 1986 movie "Hoosiers," died on Wednesday in South Bend, Ind. He was 71. Woods's wife, Mary Lou, said the cause was lymphoma.
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