Letter to the Editor: “My hero died today”

Please publish this letter if you have room. Stan Klein was a resident of Somerville.

“My hero died today” Stan Klein was just another guy when suddenly struck by a virulent case of Prostate Cancer twenty-five years ago. In addition to confronting and conquering the disease himself, Stan became a courageous leader in the fight for prostate cancer research and treatment – putting a face on prostate cancer getting it the attention it deserved. I first met Stan when I was diagnosed in 2003 and was impressed by his knowledge of prostate cancer and his passion to fight it. Stan helped start the first and largest prostate cancer support group through the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. He started the first Prostate Cancer Walk in 2001; it has expanded to many cities throughout the country raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer research. Stan devoted his post prostate cancer life to the cause by writing articles, organizing meetings, connecting and working with the medical community, making countless phone calls, and raising millions of dollars. Nothing could stop Stan. I remember him leading the Prostate Walk at the 2013 Great Bear Run in a walker, with his devoted wife and fellow PC fighter, Fran, by his side. At 92, and despite a failing heart, Stan continued his fight. Just recently he looked forward to starting to offer online support group meetings. Stan – my hero – inspired me to follow in a small way the path he paved for us. I will never forget Stan Klein nor should any other Prostate Cancer survivors.”

– John Hrones

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