Widener Alumnus and Hodgkin’s Survivor a Candidate for L&L Society Man of the Year AwardFebruary 23, 2012
Brian Klick, a 2001 Widener graduate who earned a master’s of education from the university in 2005, is raising funds and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a candidate in its annual Man of the Year campaign.
A two-time Academic All-American in cross country and track and field, Brian joined the Widener staff as an assistant coach in 2002. His family has a long history with Widener: his father, Fran, is a 1974 graduate, his sister Shannon a 2006 graduate, and his brother Kevin a 2008 graduate.
In the fall of 2004, Brian learned first hand what it means to battle blood cancer – he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Ultimately, he made a full recovery and has been in remission for seven years. He is planning to run the Boston Marathon – marking his tenth marathon – in April.
Now a social studies teacher at Harriton High School in the Lower Merion School District, Brian described himself as “one of the lucky ones.” Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is treatable to the point of full remission nearly 85 percent of the time, which stacked the odds greatly in his favor. Unfortunately, many other blood cancers do not carry such a favorable diagnosis. He said his mission in accepting this nomination is to work to help all who suffer from blood cancer have the same second chance at life that he was given.
In addition to surviving, there are also various health complications that can arise from treatment including damage to the heart and lungs and sterility. “I have a lot to be thankful for,” said Klick, who with his wife Tara have two boys, Owen, 4, and Liam, 18 months. “I know that I owe that thanks directly to the efforts of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I hope that one day all blood cancer survivors will be able to experience this same quality of life, and this is my mission in tackling this campaign.”
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s man of the year campaign runs until April 12. If you would be interested in helping Klick in his efforts, donations can be made at http://epa.mwoyphilly.llsevent.org/brianklick