January 1, 0001
Dan Landry is proud to be one of the first ever Real Men Wear Pink in Maine! To support the cause, he and Slugger the Sea Dog recently teamed up and Dan tried his hand at acting, all in the name of raising money and awareness to fight breast cancer here in Maine.
Below is the story of why Dan is pleased to be a member of the 2016 Class of Real Men Wear Pink. You can find out more and donate to the case here: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?px=43961497&pg=personal&fr_id=78193
Why I am Involved
In my medical practice I have cared for countless individuals with cancer, particularly children. The company I represent has a multitude of providers whose life work is the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of cancer, in particular breast cancer. The strides that have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer during my career have been astounding but only if you, an individual are not afflicted; only then do the statistics become irrelevant. Our goal should be nothing short of the complete eradication of cancer in our lifetime.
Why I Support the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the preeminent organization in the fight against all forms of cancer. It is the organization all patients turn to first, immediately after a diagnosis is made. Support of the American Cancer Society means support of the goal to cure this constellation of diseases and to give comfort and support to those individuals afflicted.
I live in Yarmouth with my wife of 27 years. Our two sons are now in college so we are adjusting to the "empty nest". We are active outdoors people, enjoying hiking, skiing and boating. My wife, Deborah, is a scientist by training and now runs a non-profit she founded aimed at encouraging Maine students to enter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) career paths. I grew up in Maine, my wife in Pennsylvania. My children are 7th generation of my wife's family to live in Yarmouth.
I attended University of Maine at Orono, receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I went on to Tufts Medical School in Boston, followed by residency and fellowship training in Cardiac and Pediatric Anesthesia within the Harvard system, Following training I worked at Boston Children's Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital before joining Spectrum more than 20 years ago. I have been the President of Spectrum Medical Group since 2010, giving up my clinical practice to focus on the administrative side of our business in July, 2015.
How has cancer overall, and specifically breast cancer, impacted you or your loved ones?
My mother died of sarcoma 10 years ago, but I have been most impacted by the children I have cared for who have cancer. Very early in my training I remember a 9 year old boy who was hospitalized with a lymphoma. He had a difficult family situation and my wife and I were planning to take him out of the hospital for a day to go to Boston Commons. The night before our trip he died unexpectedly. This disease respects no boundaries and will take anyone, destroying families, whether it is through the death of children or their mothers. The more families we can save from the often times, hopeless feelings associated with cancer the better or society will be.
Have you or a loved on utilized an American Cancer Society program or service?
No- But many patients I have cared for have utilized those services.
What are you most excited about being involved in the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign?
I want to be part of an effort to fight a disease that could possibly take from me and my children the individual that is dearest to us--my wife. If my family is lucky enough to remain untouched by this disease, I know others that are not as fortunate. If my participation in this campaign helps, even by the slightest amount, it will be worth every bit of energy I expend.