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Cancer almost took Brad’s voice, but it never took who he is.

A self-proclaimed workaholic, carpenter, free spirit and all-around people person, Brad woke up one morning with lump in his throat doctors later diagnosed as cancer. That was January 2001.

Brad stayed close to home with treatments at Hickman Cancer Center at ProMedica Bixby Hospital, and credits the combination of the center's caring staff and comprehensive care with his recovery. Big on family, grounded in the community, church and God, he said he never questioned, “Why me? The motorcycle enthusiast in him simply stayed positive and said, "We’re here for the ride.

And Brad did "ride on." Before he got sick, he and his family didn’t do a lot of the things they wanted to do. He explained cancer was a blessing in disguise because it put their lives in perspective, giving them a chance to build closer relationships with the ones they love. He and his wife also took that trip to Chicago they'd always talked about.

Today, he wears his hair long as a badge of honor for surviving.

"I will get through it," he once exclaimed. "I will have faith."

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