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Message from Steve Kelly:
Hey Vince,
I too was diagnosed with cancer – Oct ’08 – upon my return from Afghanistan. It was chondrosarcoma – bone cancer in my pelvis and hip – the Air Force recommended an amputation of my left leg and figured the cancer would kill me. I am lucky, I live in Salt Lake City and through my Delta Air Lines insurance (United Healthcare) had access to one of our nation’s best cancer hospitals – Huntsman Cancer Institute.  They operated, cut out parts of my pelvis, removed and replaced my hip and upper femur and took out two muscle groups in my thigh. Good news – I kept my leg and the cancer will probably not kill me anytime soon. Even relearned how to walk and ride a bike – and will ride in a one day 140 mile fund raiser in June.
Through the trials and tribulations of this last year and a half I have learned a tremendous amount about cancer, the VA and the Air Force med/disability regs. Along the way I found that most AF doctors did not know their own governing regs which totally screwed me a couple of times. I have shared that hard earned knowledge with a current Special Ops guy who dealt with his own cancer scare and would love to be a resource for those afflicted with this damn disease. Naturally, as a former Pave guy I feel a deep connection to our brothers in arms in the Spec Ops and Pave communities.
Please give my information to Will Eaton and tell him to contact me – I would very much like to assist him in anyway possible.
Vince, please keep my information on hand in case other fellow Pave guys need help too – I hope they don’t – but if they did I would want them to have the informaion that I learned instead of them getting screwed like I did by the Air Force.
Fraternally yours,
Steve Kelly, Maj, USAFR (about to be medically retired Aug 2010)
Former 31st SOS and 20th SOS Pave pilot (1992-1997)
kellypave@yahoo.com

John Grove Memorial

John Grove’s legacy lives on and not just in the PAVE LOW world. John helped fund Bless the Children, an international organization helping the poorest children of the world who are living under extreme conditions. He did this with his own retirement check! After his passing, several other caring PAVE guys stepped in to help out. In short, Bless The Children is looking for annual donations in order to provide a minimum of $2000 a month towards his memorial fund.

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