Hero Story: Jerry
By Jerry Samuels
My dad, Jerry Samuels, is my hero. He has valiantly persevered in fighting pancreatic cancer since July 2009. It is simply extraordinary how much he has continued in the face of this illness. Jerry, jazz pianist and music educator extraordinaire, has continued what he has been doing for decades in passing on the gift of his expertise and love for music in regular piano lessons. He has proceeded to ceaselessly learn and master new music, continuing to create and entertain--from two-year-olds to octogenarians. He has persisted physically by continuing workouts at the gym and packing in as many calories as he possibly can. He remarkably does this all with a laugh and a smile--signs of his trademark positive, upbeat spirit.