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While you may no longer see or talk to your brothers every day, the love and loyalty you felt towards them still remains. Take the time to check out the excerpt from the article “After New Cancer Treatment, Patient Has Plenty To Live For,” written by Lindsay Kalter in The Boston Herald about Brother Jack Jackson, ’76, and his battle against pancreatic cancer.

“When Jack Jackson rang in the year 2013, just two months after being diagnosed with one of the most aggressive and deadly forms of cancer, he was sure it would be his last New Year’s Eve.

There are just no early warning signs with pancreatic cancer. I remember trying to remember what the odds were, but I knew they weren’t good,’ said Jackson, 60, of Needham. ‘I thought I wouldn’t live to see five more months go by, let alone experience the start of 2015.’

But more than two years after hearing the devastating news that he had three to six months to live, 60-yearold Jackson is celebrating another new year. And this time, against all odds, he’s cancer-free — thanks to a sophisticated course of chemotherapy and a radiation treatment known as CyberKnife he received at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

About 40-50 percent of patients diagnosed with that form of cancer are inoperable, according to Dr. Rebecca Miksad, Jackson’s oncologist at Beth Israel.

Most people with the diagnosis, she said, live less than a year.

[W]hile Jackson wanted to be prepared for the worst, he never stopped trying to win the battle.

He began a new type of chemotherapy the day before Thanksgiving and received the CyberKnife high intensity radiation.

The progress he made shocked doctors and surgeons, and by February 2014, he was well enough for another surgery.

After 11 hours, Jackson awoke, once again, in a haze. But the news he received was far easier to digest this time.

It had gone as well as possible, and the entire tumor had been removed.

I experienced an emotional high that was only matched by the three days that my three kids were born,’ he remembers.

Since his diagnosis, Jackson has taken it one milestone at a time, with the help of his wife. First, she pushed him to make it to Julie’s college graduation. Then his son Dan’s wedding in November. Their other son, Eric, graduates from business school in 2016.

I asked her what’s next,’ he said. ‘She told me: ‘I’ll think of something.’”