While it is customary for me to begin these letters with “Happy Monday everyone” nothing could be further from the truth this morning. Over the weekend we learned that Jerry Pang is very ill. Jerry was admitted into CPMC on Saturday after an MRI revealed a 3cm tumor in his brain. Immediate surgery was postponed while steps were taken to reduce the swelling which was causing too much pressure. A CT scan yesterday revealed another tumor in his lung. His medical team believes this is the original site of the cancer and will biopsy it today. That’s as much as we know.
You can’t put Jerry on a pedestal, he’s already there, involuntarily, for as long as I have known him and probably all his life. He’s just one of those guys. He’s there for the same reasons we elevate others to that rarefied space; dedicated, caring, kind, self-effacing, without a malicious bone in his body. Most unique about Jerry though is that mixed in with all of these fine qualities, he’s also one of the fiercest competitors on the planet. A rare breed indeed, he lives to win.
He has said several times this weekend: “I will beat this!” There’s nothing in his 63 years that suggests otherwise. Please put Jerry on your front burner and extend your best thoughts and prayers (you can leave a message below). Hopefully, as a community, we move the needle and help him along his way back. I’ll keep you posted.
With warmest regards,