Widowed Philadelphia man to walk across country in honor of wife's passing

Posted: Feb. 19th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Dave Brown
David Swanson/Philadelphia Inq

A widowed man from Philadelphia is planning to walk across the nation in honor of his late wife. His wife, Joan Brown, had a tumor on her ovary. She was induced into surgery and most of the tumor was removed, but it returned and unfortunately, she was not able to overcome it.

PHILADELPHIA -- It happened so fast.

In February 2011, Joan Brown seemed to be in perfect health. In March, she began feeling tired and listless. In April, an ultrasound of her abdomen found a tumor on an ovary. In May, she had surgery to remove both ovaries as well as her uterus.

"They got out everything possible," said her husband, Dave. "All that was left were microscopic traces."

Ms. Brown's doctor at Lankenau Medical Center had warned her that her form of ovarian cancer was aggressive. He was right. In June, as she was considering chemotherapy, the cancer returned with a vengeance, and a new tumor took root.

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