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Dear Friend,

I am deeply saddened by the news that Russ Gould passed away from prostate cancer on Saturday, December 21. Whether you knew Russ personally or knew of his work in the prostate cancer community, you can appreciate the scope of the positive impact that he had on educating thousands of people on the importance of taking charge of managing their disease with an effective action plan for treatment.

Russ GouldRuss was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997 and had been managing his advanced prostate cancer since 1999. He was highly regarded as a knowledgeable and reliable resource for information about prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment options, side effects and their impact on quality of life.

Russ was one of the founding members of the SEA Blue Walk & Run, along with Myrna Porter and Shirley Grey, who each lost her husband to prostate cancer. He freely shared his information and insight as a prostate cancer specialist with Wellness Place, as a patient advocate with the National Institute of Health Scientific Programs of Research Excellence (NIH SPORE), as an Us TOO International chapter leader and lecturer, and as a past vice chairman of the Us TOO Board of Directors.

Visitation for Russ will be on Friday, December 27, 2013, from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Glueckert Funeral Home Ltd., located at 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road (4 blocks south of Palatine Road) in Arlington Heights, IL.  A prayer service will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 10:00 am at the funeral home. Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to:

Us TOO International
Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network
5003 Fairview Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

or

Wellness Place
1619 West Colonial Parkway
Palatine, IL  60067

Russ and TomRuss was special to me as he served on the search committee that brought me here to Us TOO in late 2004. I admired his passion and commitment from the start and I knew that Us TOO was a special organization because of people like him. I learned so very much from him, as did so many others. I was very pleased that we were able to honor Russ several times as an Edward C. Kaps “Hope Award” winner in 2009, and most recently earlier this month for “Outstanding Lifetime Service.” Although Russ was not able to attend to accept the award, his son and daughter, their spouses, and a good number of members from the Chicago-land chapters and support groups joined us in recognizing his profound contributions.

Russ infused genuine hope through his expertise that he freely shared through his personalized and caring approach. He was never too busy to respond to anyone who needed his help. Russ was a friend to many and a friend of mine. He will be greatly missed.

My best to you,


Thomas Kirk
President & CEO
Us TOO International
Downers Grove, IL 60655
Office: 630-795-1002
Toll Free: 800-808-7866
tom@ustoo.org

Tom Kirk

 
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