When Katy Rady lost her brother, Paul R. O’Hara II to cancer, she turned her despair into an enduring tribute funding research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. We are honored to announce that Katy and her husband, also named Paul, have established the Paul R. O’Hara II Endowed Chair in Esophageal Cancer at the CU Cancer Center.
Madeleine Kane, MD, PhD, CU Cancer Center member and CU School of Medicine professor of medicine, led Paul’s care and is the first to hold the chair in his name.
O’Hara was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in January 2015 in Michigan. A series of conversations with family and close friends brought him to University of Colorado Cancer Center to see Dr. Kane. Katy Rady and her husband Paul live in the Denver metro area. “My brother, Paul, and I shared the highs and lows and joys and sorrows of life,” Rady says. “His cancer journey was grueling and heartbreaking and it was my privilege to be there for Paul. Dr. Kane was the lifeline of hope that helped us get from day to the next.”
Paul’s cancer was under control for several months but ultimately it was unstoppable. He chose to stop treatment and then passed away in October 2015. “This chair is the greatest honor of my professional career,” says Kane. “The Rady’s gift is emblematic of their love for Paul. Their amazing generosity will heighten awareness of esophageal cancer and improve outcomes for people with this disease.”