Richard died on
October 22nd at age 36 in his parents' home in Coram, NY.
From the day in July, 1996 when he was first diagnosed with
a brain tumor, he and his family fought a monumental
struggle for his survival. It was Richard's wish that after
his death, his family and friends carry on the struggle
against - and propagate the awareness of - the devastating
effect of primary brain tumors, which are the second leading
cause of cancer death in children under 15 and young adults
up to age 34.
graduated in 1979 from North Shore High School and a year
later was crowned as the NY State Collegiate Tennis
Champion. From there, he went on to play professional tennis
all over the world and eventually settled into a business
career in Europe, embracing their culture and becoming
fluent in German and French. He graduated from Webster
University in Vienna, Austria with an MBA and worked for
Hewlett-Packard and Oracle Corporation. He was living in
Geneva, Switzerland when he was first diagnosed with brain
cancer and, as Richard put it, "plunged suddenly into a
terrifying dark cave".
music, his friends and his family with great passion.
Click here to
read about Richard's medical history during his battle with
a brain tumor.
tumor research is severely under funded and it is for this
reason that any donations are needed. They can be sent to
The Healing Exchange
BRAIN TRUST Inc.
186 Hampshire Street 2nd floor
Cambridge, MA 02139-1320
(checks payable to T.H.E. BRAIN TRUST, Inc.)
Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor
Research & Information
1100 Peninsula Road
Hewlett NY 11557
(checks payable to The Musella Foundation)