Bryan County Commission Chairman Jimmy Burnsed has been named the honored patient for the 2011 Waiting on a Cure luncheon benefitting the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center.
Waiting on a Cure is held annually in November through the Memorial Health Foundation, according to Anne Cordeiro, development manager for the foundation.
“I guess I was nominated by my doctor and I think a great deal of him and that he would ask me to do that,” Burnsed said. “I certainly have an interest in just getting the word out about prostate cancer to men and that they need to have a check up and watch carefully as they grow older because it is getting to be more prevalent.”
Burnsed was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 and was a patient at the Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial. He said his oncologist, Dr. John Duttenhaver, helped him get through all of his treatments. And because of that, he is clear of cancer and doing well, he said.
Cordeiro said choosing a patient to honor each year is very difficult, but Burnsed’s efforts to educate others about cancer stood out.
Read more in the Sept. 24 edition of the News.