Michael Rolfe was known for his infectious smile, his gentle and sharp wit, and his passion for supporting and mentoring friends and family. He was a ravenous reader who graduated from the University of Michigan before serving in the Navy, and eventually settling in Deerfield, IL, where he raised his family.
Like many people who died from pancreatic cancer, he went too young – and much too quickly.
His friends and family were resolved that even though he had passed, he should never be gone. They joined together, created a foundation in his name, and dedicated it towards finding a method of early detection.
He fell ill in 1998, initially afflicted by a mild heart attack. Though a full recovery was projected, instead he began suffering from a series of ailments, which left his physicians at a loss. It was in March of 1999 that his pancreatic cancer was discovered, and two weeks later – he had died.
His friends and family, however, were resolved that even though he had passed, he should never be gone. They joined together, created a foundation in his name, and dedicated it towards finding a method of early detection that could someday spare others the fate that befallen Michael.
The Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation marches on, honoring not only Michael’s memory, but the memory of all the family and friends its members and supporters have lost to this horrible disease.
It is a proud legacy – one that we strive to live up to.