KCCure is proud to present tributes to kidney cancer warriors and their families. Please let us know if you would like to add a special tribute to a loved one that you have lost to kidney cancer.
Janet Plantin 1947-2016 was diagnosed with stage IV RCC in October 2010. “It’s not the end of the world,” I remember her doctor saying. “Maybe not to you,” was my first thought. Janet managed to get into the car before breaking down. “I’ve ruined everything.” We had planned our retirement lives for years and had been fortunate to retire early, moving from Long Island to North Carolina in 2001.
Christopher Michael Finan (1977-2016) was born in Fort Campbell, Ky., the son of John and Janice (Baldery) Finan Jr. He earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Saint Mary and married Eva Ellen Hanson in 2013. Chris is survived by his wife and his two-year-old daughter, Ellen Christine. He was a loving husband to Eva, an amazing father to Ellen, and a devoted friend.
Todd Green fought cancer valiantly for 10 years. He endured more than most could – from hundreds of tests, scans, and hospital stays; surgeries; chemotherapy; immunotherapy; radiation; Cyber Knife and the replacement of his right elbow. And through it all, he was a warrior who was driven by fierce dedication, love and loyalty to his friends, family and the firearms community. His smile, wit, humor, generosity and skill will be greatly missed. — Kim Green, Don Green, Julie Golob, Edward Green
Frank “the Fighting Irishman” Corrigan (1951-2011) was diagnosed with Stage IV renal cell carcinoma in November 2009. A 1973 Notre Dame grad, Frank was known as the Fighting Irishman because of his constant smile, courageous positive spirit and “wicked smaht” humor. He showered his family and his friends with ferocious loyalty and generosity. Frank loved life and taught us how to live it to the fullest. We miss him every day.
Edward “John” Neary battled renal cell carcinoma with courage from January 2010 until January 2015. Simply put, John was the kindest, smartest, funniest, most generous, most honorable husband, dad, son, brother…well, family man, and absolutely the very best friend anyone could ever hope to have in their life. He touched so many lives throughout his battle with his tenacious spirit both in and out of the Kidney Cancer community. We miss you, John, and love you with all of our hearts – always. — Kelly Neary
John Costa was bold and passionate. He loved laughter, loved food, and most importantly, loved people. When he was diagnosed with kidney cancer, he told the doctors that he was going to beat it, and his story would be on their website.
Chris Battle (1968-2013) was the greatest father, a great husband, a great man and a great writer. His was a stunning intellect. He served his country in public service, working in the U.S. Congress, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security. He was also an acclaimed journalist and a leader in the kidney cancer community, sharing his heroic fight through writing on the Kidney Cancer Chronicles. He was as loved in life as he is in memory. — Kate, Josie and Dena Battle
Rick Loucks (1963-2015) was a warrior in every sense. Thank you for your service to your country and your valiant fight against kidney cancer.
Keith M Puls (1958-2017) was diagnosed May 2017 with stage IV RCC. Keith and I began this journey scared and anxious. We fought hard and this disease was very powerful and overwhelming. Keith was an amazing chef, artist, and musician. My children and I were lucky to have him in our lives. While we had plans to marry in early 2018, Keith lost his battle too soon. We miss you and love you always-Lily, Ben and Olivia
Joe Paterniti (1969-2017) was a dedicated father and husband. He always put family first. He was an avid bike rider with his son. Joe and Dylan would ride for 30 miles, easily. If you ask his daughter, Rylie, she would tell you will she was his favorite. She was his “little princess” and would use this term of endearment proudly.
Alison Brooke McDonough
Alison Brooke McDonough (1973-2018) bravely battled papillary RCC for nearly three years. She graduated from Towson State University in 1996 with a degree in Occupational Therapy and enjoyed being able to help others, even after she was diagnosed. She loved horse back riding, knitting, and hiking.