In 2011, at age 40, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent robotic surgery at Fox Chase Cancer Center. My surgeon is one of the best and visible signs of the cancer were successfully removed, including cancerous cells found in the lymph nodes. During my recovery from surgery I pondered a means by which I could somehow repay Fox Chase for the excellent care I received. I decided to turn my passion for model trains into an annual fundraising event. For the past three years, from Thanksgiving through the end of January, we open our home to family and friends, as well as the public, to come and see my detailed village model train setup that I design and erect. In return I ask for a nominal donation to Fox Chase.
Because of my age, my case is different than most as this condition is usually detected in older men. A word of caution to all young men at age 40, particularly those with a family history of prostate cancer – be sure to get your PSA tested!
I was 40 with no symptoms or discomfort and was diagnosed with a serious case of this disease. If I hadn’t had my PSA tested when I did, my cancer would have likely progressed with an unpleasant outcome at far too early an age. Don’t let that happen to you!
During follow up visits from my surgery, it’s been discovered that the cancer, unfortunately, continues to plague me. Prostate cancer is difficult to detect as it seem to float freely in the body and does not necessarily develop into a tumor initially – prostate cancer is sneaky that way. Medications help to keep the cancer at bay but the drugs cause some pretty rough side effects. In my case, with the work that I do to earn a living, the drugs can be physically debilitating.
I’ve had to make life changes to manage my condition and in order to stay afloat, I have developed this interactive website where I can share my enthusiasm for, and love of, model trains by selling online to other train enthusiasts. On behalf of myself and my family, thank you for your support and patronage.