John Freeman has a tough time answering the question, “Where are you from?” But has no trouble answering that Tampa is where he belongs. From life’s start in New Hope, Penn., and with a degree from West Virginia University, John’s life can only be described as “on the move.” Having launched into a marketing and product management career in high technology, there would be little time to put down roots.
Since 1980, John has lived in Charlottesville, Tucson, St. Petersburg, San Jose, Seattle, Orlando and finally, Tampa. For several years during this time, John commuted monthly to work assignments in Europe and Asia. In the summer of 2004, it was time to put the brakes on travel, and John and his wife decided to permanently settle in Leslie’s hometown of Tampa. Now John keeps busy managing his cancer while Leslie continues her work in hotel sales management. In addition to Leslie, John has two teenage children; his daughter is currently in chef’s school, and his son is a university freshman studying computer science.
John first arrived at Moffitt Cancer Center in March 2006 as a new patient to the GI Clinic with a diagnosis of inoperable, stage IV pancreatic cancer. Before finding his way to Moffitt, John had initiated treatment at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas. At a macro level, M. D. Anderson’s Dr. Abbruzzese sees John every eight weeks for CT scans, specialized tests and to discuss the broad plan of treatment. At the micro level, Moffitt's Dr. Gregory Springett sees John every two weeks to monitor immediate health conditions, fine tune the course of care and to take charge of John’s chemotherapy plan. In John’s case, these two world-class cancer centers are cooperating to provide the best patient care available anywhere today.