February 18, 2011 |
Patrick Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi Swayze, spoke in Washington this week about a bill that would make pancreatic cancer a federal research priority, according to a CNN report. Swayze died nearly a year and a half ago from the disease, nearly 22 months after being diagnosed. This was actually an uncommonly long amount of time to survive; as the National Center for Biotechnology Information points out, average survival is usually less than a year. That may be in part because pancreatic cancer doesn't manifest symptoms at first and is generally caught at a later stage, according to the center -- and perhaps why it's the fourth most common cause of cancer death in the United States.
November 28, 2009
Swayze scholarship founded The Arabian Horse Foundation has established a scholarship in honor of the late actor Patrick Swayze and his wife, who both owned Arabian horses and competed in shows for several years. The foundation is the charitable arm of the Denver-based Arabian Horse Assn. The scholarship will be awarded each spring to a youth involved with Arabian horses who seeks a performing arts career. It was launched with a pledge from Iron Horse Farms in Canton, Ga. Swayze died in September of pancreatic cancer at age 57. He is survived by Lisa Niemi, his wife of 34 years.
September 24, 2009
Swayze obituary: The obituary of actor Patrick Swayze in Section A on Sept. 15 said he played Prince Charming in a touring "Disney on Parade" ice show. The "Disney on Parade" shows, performed from 1969 to 1973, took place on wooden floors at arenas.
September 19, 2009
Thank you to Betsy Sharkey for her tribute to Patrick Swayze ["Dignity More Than a Role for Swayze," Sept. 15]. As we watched his personal struggle unfold in a very public way, the decency and dignity she so eloquently characterized gave meaning to the terrifying yet unifying fact of cancer. His journey is shared by so many others, and his dignity is reflected in the efforts of doctors, nurses, research scientists, fundraisers, activists, healers, families and patients who deal with cancer every day. My thanks to Patrick, his family and those who treated and loved him for maintaining a strong spirit.
September 15, 2009 |
Though it was not his first film or even his breakthrough -- he'd already had that three years earlier with "Dirty Dancing" -- my favorite memory of Patrick Swayze came in 1990 with the romantic thriller "Ghost" with Demi Moore: He played a man whose love was so strong that, despite being gunned down in the street, he refused to leave this life until he knew she was safe. Like countless other women around the country, I suddenly wanted to buy a potter's wheel, slip into a guy's oversized white shirt and work with clay, the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" playing in the background.
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September 15, 2009 |
Patrick Swayze, the actor and classically trained dancer whose role in the enduringly popular "Dirty Dancing" made him a movie star, one who struggled with the alienation of fame and against being typecast as a leading man, died Monday. He was 57. Swayze, who also starred in the blockbuster film "Ghost," died in Los Angeles with his family at his side, his publicist, Annett Wolf, said. Early last year, Swayze learned he had pancreatic cancer, a diagnosis that came two weeks after production wrapped on the pilot of "The Beast," an A&E series in which he starred as an unorthodox FBI agent.