In memory of James Robert Heider

Thank you to everyone who is donating to the PCF to honor Jim.

Jim grew up in Toledo, Ohio where he still has many friends and family. He became an Eagle Scout, was an Army veteran, and graduated with a BBA from the University of Toledo. He and his family were transferred to the Chicago area where he earned his MBA from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Another transfer took him to South Bend, Indiana where he became a huge Notre Dame fan.

Always at heart a car enthusiast, he restored automobiles as his hobby. At the time of his passing, he had a Porsche 356, a 1936 Ford Cabriolet, and a Model A Victoria in various stages of restoration. He had a passion for Porsches and was a member of the PCA Club and the Florida Owners Group, a 356 group.

Always so proud of his family, he never lost a moment to boast about sons Daniel, a Notre Dame Computer engineer graduate, Michael, an attorney, and his infant grandson, Henry James. He and his wife, Cheryl, were married 40 years and had retired to Florida to enjoy more car restoration weather.

Diagnosed 2 ½ years ago with progressive Stage IV prostate cancer, he fought the battle with an upbeat attitude and did everything he could to be the one to win. His last treatment was Radium 223 which had just been approved by the FDA a few months prior to his passing on September 10, 2013. He was only the second patient to receive it from his radiation oncologist. It relieved his bone pain significantly and proves that new treatments are on the horizon every day to fight this horrific disease.

His fight began, not because he ignored his health, but because of the failure of his primary physician to inform him that his PSA was rising and the failure to refer him to a Urologist for follow up. During his courageous fight, he continually urged men to take control of their health and demand to know the number score each and every time they went to the doctor. Don’t wait for a referral – get yourself to a specialist if you feel concern.

His family is very appreciative of any and all donations to find more treatments of this disease that inflicts one man, but affects an entire family and circle of friends.

Terms to know from this article:

Oncologist

A doctor who specializes in treating cancer. Some oncologists specialize in a particular type of cancer treatment. For example, a radiation oncologist specializes in treating cancer with radiation.

urologist

A doctor who has special training in diagnosing and treating diseases of the urinary organs in females and the urinary and reproductive organs in males.

PCa

Abbreviation for prostate cancer; CaP is also used.

PSA

prostate-specific antigen (PSA): A substance produced by the prostate that may be found in an increased amount in the blood of men who have prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, or infection or inflammation of the prostate.