Yehuda Packer has survived the streets of Los Angeles as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department and he has successfully fought a brain tumor. He shared his story with me in support of the National Brain Tumor Walk in Los Angeles this coming Saturday, October 19 at Exposition Park. Registration begins at 8am.
He was busy on his beat with the Los Angeles Police Department and running Expert Security Services, Incorporated when a brain tumor appeared without warning. The All-American athlete and cyclist was a stranger to disease and illness.
"I went to bed one night and woke up the next morning and told my wife I couldn't hear too well. I figured there must be something going on. I went to work and told one of my partners that I couldn't hear well. He suggested going to the doctor."
After initial tests, Yehuda discovered he had a brain tumor and within a week-and-a-half he had to decide his form of treatment. He chose brain surgery.
He took leave from the LAPD but then he had to alert his clients, employees, and family members so the business could run in his absence.
"There was so much for me to handle in a short amount of time I had to rely on a management team and trust them with handling tasks I was used to doing."
That was September 2010 and he needed a whole year before he could fully return to work.
Seeking a Cure
"My number one advice for people is to have faith in God. I didn't ask 'why me' because I would never have the answer. I decided I was going through this challenge to help someone else. I had a supportive family, friends at the LAPD, and my employees handled their responsibilities well."
Yehuda's story inspired his friend Mary-Ellen Swietlik to walk with the National Brain Tumor Society this coming Saturday, October 19.
Click on the Society's website to learn more about Mary Ellen, Yehuda, and the effort to find a cure for brain tumors.