John Bradley – Pancreatic Cancer Survivor

The Memory Quilt - John Bradley

John Bradley - Survivor

John Bradley was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late November 2005. Fortunately he was operable and had one of the world’s best pancreatic cancer surgeons and oncologists handle his care. John endured weeks of radiation and months of chemotherapy after his surgery and was considered a survivor. His intense desire to live for his two sons and his incredible sense of humor also played a huge part in his recovery. John views every day as a gift and lives his life to the fullest extent possible.

In 2009 John decided that he wanted to do something positive and thus began to explore the possibility of bringing a pancreatic cancer awareness group to Boise, Idaho. From the first meeting he knew that this community needed a place for pancreatic cancer survivors and their families, and the friends and families of those who were not so fortunate, to take action and bring awareness of this terrible disease. By 2010 the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – Boise Affiliate was in place and has been working diligently to advocate, promote awareness, and give comfort.

John is an inspiration and gives hope to so many individuals not only in Idaho, but around the country.

Written by Wendy Stoneberg

Dr. Daniel N. Morris Memorial Scholarship

Special Announcement on Behalf of the Morris and Minkoff Families

March 21, 2012

Dear friends and family of Dr. Daniel Neil Morris,

We are pleased to announce the Dr. Daniel N. Morris Memorial Scholarship, an endowed fund available to the students of Boise State University.

The Dr. Daniel N. Morris Memorial Scholarship, awarded through the Communication Department, will provide financial assistance to students who can demonstrate their understanding of the role of journalism in promoting democracy.

Dan dedicated his life to journalism, education and the pursuit of the democratic debate. He received his bachelors and masters degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University and went on to obtain his Doctorate in Journalism from the University of Missouri. He was a reporter for many years at The Kansas City Star before he returned to academia as a professor of journalism at Boise State University. He relished his role as advisor for The Arbiter, the BSU student newspaper.

Please take a look at the formal announcement below for more information on the scholarship and how to donate. Donations are tax deductible and you will receive a receipt by mail for your gift.

The scholarship was made possible by an initial generous donation by Dan’s nephew, Edward Morris Minkoff.

We invite you to donate as a way to promote Dan’s legacy of friendship, education, and passion for the written word. And, please, if you know of friends of Dan that may be interested please forward on this announcement. **


The Morris Family and the Minkoff Family

Ways to contribute 

By mail: Boise State University Foundation, 2225 University Drive, Boise, ID 83706

Please be sure to notate the following on your check/online donation:
Designation: College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs
Account: Dr. Daniel N. Morris Memorial Scholarship

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Dr. Daniel Morris Scholarship

Remembering Tammy Blakeway

Tammy Blakeway

Tammy Blakeway 3/9/1972 to 11/25/2011

Tammy Blakeway was a wonderful friend, wife,daughter and mother. She was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in Oct. 2010. She went through both chemo and radiation, which was very hard on her. Due to the location of the tumor, surgery was never an option. The chemo and radiation were basically just to prolong her life. After a year of fighting and enduring more than most people could, Tammy decided she would stop all treatment. She wanted to enjoy the remainder of her life. She had a few good months before the pain consumed her. Eventually she was on morphine 24 hours a day and under hospice care. It was hard to watch my best friend wither away before my eyes. She was ready to go when it finally happened, Nov. 25th 2011. The day after her youngest sons 16th Birthday. She was a fighter and will forever be my hero.

Written by Sheila Thomas

Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act (H.R. 733)

From the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network:

On February 2, the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act (H.R. 733) reached a major milestone when it received its 218th co-sponsor – representing half the Representatives in the U.S. House. Now we are trying to secure half the Senate as co-sponsors where we are currently just seven members short.

Please enter your zip code here and click Go to compose a personal letter to your U.S. Senator(s) asking them to co-sponsor this critical legislation.

We need as many people as possible to join us in this vital effort, so please forward this page to your friends and family and spread the word!