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Mike Bugher

I am Judy Bugher, wife and best friend of Mike Bugher. Mike was the orginal Drug Store Cowboy— he was a pharmacist at United Drug in Elk City who loved roping, horses, and rodeoing. He enjoyed his profession which allowed us to travel to places near & far for relief pharmacy work—Oklahoma, Arkansas & Alaska. He was happiest when traveling, reading a book, doing anything while on a cruise & just being together. Mike’s symptoms began in January 2011 when he did not see a car approaching on the interstate while on the ramp and hit a car. The following week he was unable to see a parked truck on the side of the road and demolished the right side of his pickup. He had trouble remembering easy words he used all the time. An MRI revealed a baseball size Glioblastoma. The tumor was removed the next week and the doctor was clear there is no way to get all of a Glioblastoma. We then learned from the oncologist that the life expectancy for Mike’s diagnosis was 3 years. 

Over the next three months, Mike had proton Radiation therapy & began the drug Temadar, which had just been approved two years prior. During the next three years, Mike developed diabetes, seizure disorder, and had a stroke. We continued to travel as much as possible. Mike lived three years and 3 months after his diagnosis. He died April 26, 2014 at age 70. The best compliment to Mike’s determination came from his oncologist who stated “most people stop living when given such a diagnosis, Mike Bugher lived that much more.”

Lorie (Lee) Strobel

In memory of Lori (Lee) Strobel, June 11, 1962-December 13, 2008. Lori was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in August of 2008 and died just four short months later. Lori was the daughter of Howard and Rose Lee. She loved all sports, especially basketball and football, her garden of wildflowers with petrified wood, but most of all her children and grandchildren. She is loved and missed by many friends and family including her children Nicole Janning and husband Patrick, Deon Garrett, Leathern Spitz and wife Jentry and Fr. Simeon (Zak) Spitz and her grandchildren, Aaron and Tyler Janning, Katch, Karsee and Kendi Garrett and Zoe, Ezekiel and Izaiah Spitz.

Hershel “Bradley” Cunningham

Hershel “Bradley” Cunningham was diagnosed with Glioblasoma April 2021. It was discovered after a car wreck. CT of his brain indicated a golf ball sized tumor. He was asymptomatic prior to his diagnosis. The tumor was removed. He received radiation and chemotherapy but the tumor returned 4 months later.  It was removed again August 2021.  Brad received  3 different experimental treatments at MD Anderson but the cancer was aggressive and did not respond to therapy. Brad died 20 months after diagnosis 11/26/22. He was active golfing and enjoying his grandchildren until one month before his death. He was a valiant warrior and had a positive attitude during his entire illness. Brad was survived by his loving family-wife Kandi, sons Braden and wife Raegan, Connor and wife Kelci, Kanyon and wife Kristina. Grandchildren-Barrett, Palmer, Caroline, Lucy, Hattie, Collier, Harper, and Krew. 

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