93-year-old esophageal cancer survivor makes the most of every day
When Gus Kunze was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2011, his daughter Joyce Matula laid out all the facts for her 90-year-old dad. She presented him with all the possible esophageal cancer treatment options and told him that she would support him, whether or not he decided to receive treatment.
Undergoing esophageal cancer treatment
He began proton therapy treatment at MD Anderson.
“For a long time, MD Anderson has been the place to go if you have cancer,” Joyce says. “People come here from all over the world. ”
In fact, Gus’ great-granddaughter was also treated at MD
In January 2012, his doctors announced that Gus was cancer
Gus and his wife of 67 years live in their home in Beeville,
Texas. He spends his time riding around his ranch on his three-wheeler or
driving to visiting his friends in town or enjoying time with his three
children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Making the most of
People are always asking what the secret behind Gus’
“I think it’s his attitude,” says his daughter Joyce. “He
enjoys every minute of every day.”
Gus served as an Army corporal from 1941-1945and fought in
Europe during WWI. He says he was grateful he lived to return to his family, and
decided to make the most of it.
“My doctors tell me
I’m one of a kind,” says Gus. “They just don’t make ’em like me anymore.”