Chuck is a self-professed type A personality. An ‘Irish Catholic kid from Boston,’ he reached the top of the corporate ladder in a demanding position as Vice President of Business Operations with the National Fire Protection Association. Naturally, he tackles any challenge as if it were a business problem by gathering all the details and forming a plan of action. This has been his approach to his fight with cancer.
Chuck was diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) in 2015, a form of kidney cancer that originates in the lining of the small tubes (tubules) within the kidney.
A father of four girls, he was planning a trip to see his oldest daughter at college during parents’ weekend. He was tired, having lower back pain, and fighting a serious cold. Perhaps, he thought, he was feeling under the weather from burning the candle at both ends. It was budget season at work, and he was working long hours. He stayed behind while his wife, Liz, and his younger daughters went on with the weekend. When he noticed blood in his urine, he thought maybe he had a urinary tract infection from the antibiotics he was taking for his cold. But then there was more blood. Liz, a pediatric nurse, urged him to visit his primary care physician. After a number of tests revealed nothing, his primary care physician wasn’t satisfied. She recommended a CAT scan just to be sure.