Patrick Wayne Swayze August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009
Twenty months upon his diagnosed of pancreatic cancer, Patrick Wayne Swayze passed away at the mere age of 57 with his supportive family at his side.
Swayze was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in late January 2008, and underwent chemotherapy and other treatments at the Stanford University Medical Center. After many months of therapy, it seemed as though Swayze was responding quite well. After reportedly being given just weeks to live by medical experts, Swayze commented on his health: “I’m cooking. I’m a miracle dude. I don’t know why.“
Swayze appeared on the ABC, NBC, and CBS simulcast of Stand Up to Cancer in September 2008. Swayze said to a standing ovation “I dream that the word ‘cure’ will no longer be followed by the words ‘it’s impossible.’ Together, we can make a world where cancer no longer means living with fear, without hope, or worse. I’m just an individual living with cancer.” That’s how he wants to be thought of. He’s in a fight but he’s a fighter.
When Barbara Walters asked him if he was using any holistic or alternative methods of treatment besides the chemotherapy, Swayze admitted to using some Chinese herbs but not much. “That’s one thing I’m not gonna do… Chase staying alive. I’m not. You’ll spend so much time chasing staying alive you won’t live, you know? I wanna live. If anybody had that cure out there, like so many people swear to me they do, you’d be two things: you’d be very rich, and you’d be very famous. Otherwise, shut up“ (Barbara Walters interview).
Though he was nominated for three Golden Globes over the course of his 30-year career, Patrick Swayze measured his success by lives touched, not money made or awards won. “No matter what opinion Hollywood has of you the fans never forget you if you never forget them” (Entertainment Weekly). His last role was the lead in an A&E TV series, The Beast, which premiered on January 15, 2009.