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Author recounts how Roswell Park 'cancer cowboys' prolonged his brother's life

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A young resident of Niagara County was diagnosed with leukemia in 1966 and eventually died of it. But leading edge medical research kept Eric Wendel alive and with his family for years, rather than the months anticipated when he was diagnosed.

Tim Wendel, his brother, is the author of "Cancer Crossings: A Brother, His Doctors, and the Quest for a Cure to Childhood Leukemia." The book looks at a family with a dying member and a group of medical researchers at Roswell Park on the fringes of medicine, who developed ways to cure Leukemia, not just treat it.

WBFO's Mike Desmond recently spoke with Wendel.

Note: Mike Desmond and Tim Wendel worked together at the former Buffalo Courier-Express.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.