Cancer patient, late wife honored at Relay for Life


   The 2013 DeWitt Relay for Life was held April 19 at the Cuero Municipal Park. Honorees included Dr. Ahmad Qadri, a Victoria oncologist who died in March, Patsy Russell, who died of bone cancer in 2010, and her husband Wayne Russell, who has stage four lung cancer. 
   The Russells moved from Austin to Cuero in 2000. “Patsy was born and raised in Cuero,” Wayne said. “We’d been coming down here for 40 years and always said we’d like to buy one of those two story houses on Esplanade, but we couldn’t afford it. One night she huffed and puffed complaining about traffic and I said why don’t we move to Cuero? We started packing that night.”
   In 2005, Wayne was Patsy’s caregiver as she was underwent dialysis. He went to the hospital to get checked for what he thought was a hernia. Instead, the doctors told him he had stage one lung cancer. He had an operation to remove part of his left lung and four days after surgery, he went home to continue caring for Patsy.
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