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My buddy (and possibly yours, too) beats cancer

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by AveragEd, Jul 14, 2010.

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  1. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    My best shooting buddy and possibly my best friend overall is Paul Quattlebaum, a guy that many of you may know without actually being aware of it. Paul works for Frazier Industrial, a New Jersey company that builds huge warehouses that feature a unique construction method that is popular with several industries.

    Paul has worked and shot in all but two of the 48 mainland states and some of the provinces of Canada. He's a native of Arkansas who always drives white Ford F-250s and has an infectious laugh. He used to shoot a Perazzi MX-10 top single combo but now points a top-single K-80 Trap Special at trap targets. He may be most famous for his handicap ability, as he had the highest average of all Arkansas shooters a few times although he shot his 27-yard targets everywhere BUT in Arkansas and in all kinds of hateful weather. Paul also attended several of Phil Kiner's trapshooting clinics as well as Phil's poker-playing clinic a few winters ago while he built a warehouse in the Cheyenne, Wyoming area. A nicer guy you wouldn't want to meet. Phil's okay, too.

    Paul was diagnosed with throat cancer last winter and was even more depressed than a lot of us would have been with that news because he lost his father and an older sister to the decease. He knew what the growth on the side of his neck was before he went to the first doctor and after seeing a few specialists that he didn't care for, he told his employer of his ailment. His boss told him that the only place for him was Sloan-Kettering in New York City. The other doctors told Paul his only hope was surgery but S-K said they felt there was just a 2% chance that their eight-week chemotherapy and radiation treatment plan would not render him cancer-free.

    Yesterday, he returned to S-K for his post-treatment visit and the tests they performed revealed that he is in fact cancer-free!

    Paul is aware that a lot of people know about his condition and wanted to be kept up to date with his progress. Unfortunately, Paul felt so badly during the treatments that he now is afraid he might forget someone, so he asked me to post the news on here.

    He plans to take his mother, who was caring for him during the treatments, back to Arkansas this weekend, spend a week there and then return to his townhome here in south central Pennsylvania. He'll tie up a few loose ends at a completed warehouse in Strinestown and then begin a project near Shippensburg, PA.

    Paul tried shooting a few weeks ago during our state shoot. He went to Elysburg with two goals - finish the 100 singles and break at least 65 of them. Although his Krieghoff seemed to have gained most of the 75 pounds Paul lost during the treatments, he did finish and posted, in his words, "a blistering 81 in the process."

    Here's a photo taken from atop a warehouse while Paul was "raising" it in Iowa.



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    And here's a shot of the Quattleblaster from a couple of years ago.


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    Paul, we all knew you could do it.

    Ed
     
  2. JohnR

    JohnR Active Member

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    Congratulations to Paul and I wish him well, I can identify with the severe throat pain this treatment causes as I went thru the same treatment 3 years ago for cancer in my neck. I also did not have surgery and I am cancer free after 3 years. The only lasting side affect I have is lack of saliva, I just always have a water bottle with me.

    Good going Paul and hope for you the very best.

    John Rau
     
  3. grnberetcj

    grnberetcj Active Member

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    Hey Paul...way to go. I had my cancer op's last year and so far so good!

    Mom will get the lb's back on ya!!

    Curt - Delaware
     
  4. TC

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    Congratulations Paul, wish you well. Tony
     
  5. tuscarora 99

    tuscarora 99 TS Member

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    Congratulations Mr. Quattlebaum. Way to go. I look forward to seeing you in the tri-state again. Hoefully I will be able to shoot with you sometime. Congrats again.

    Sinerely, Osker Reynolds
     
  6. quattle

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    Thanks everyone, I just got back from the doctor and my CAT scan was clean also. They say I bave a better that normal chance that it wont come back but got to get a checkup from them every 3 months for the next two years. Concidering what I have been thru, that will be a cake walk! Thanks again all!

    Paul Quattlebaum
     
  7. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    My prayers are with you Paul...I'm hoping I get to shoot with you again someday like when we were at Buffalo Creek a few years back...keep up the good fight!!!...Calvin
     
  8. JACK

    JACK Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    Quattle. Nice shot. Like the Whse you build. Been in those several times. I am not a cancer survivor per se, but glad I took care of my skin cancers. Both parents had lung cancer. So we all root fo ryo and watch out for ourselves. Go Shootin. You deserv it.
     
  9. clb

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    Paul,

    Great news. Ed has been keeping us informed of your battle over the last year. Your really lucky to have great friend in Ed. Hope to see you soon, shooting good scores and blasting the target right out of the house like you did in the past!

    Chuck Bishop
     
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