Melvin Wagner

Survived and flourished after treatment for 3 head and neck cancers

In the fall of 2004, Melvin an 80-year-old retired businessman, noticed an irritation on the inside of his check that caused a lot of pain and discomfort. His doctor did a biopsy and they said, “just live with it.” Melvin would not take no for an answer. He then sought out a specialist, Dr. Neal Futran, who diagnosed him with a malignant tumor under his tongue. The tumor was removed just two weeks after it was found, but unfortunately, two years later, another irritation developed in the gum line about an inch away from where the other tumor had been. Melvin underwent reconstructive surgery, where they removed a section of flesh from his leg and inserted that in his jawbone. Melvin credits Dr. Futran with saving his life. Melvin made a deal with God, in his own words, “If you put me back together again, I will spend 80% of my time helping other people.” Today, Melvin enjoys spending time with his granddaughter Madison and helping others in anyway possible.

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