I kept hoping over the years that Shaye Ramont's story would be the one that defied all the odds. Ramont died Sunday at age 50 after an enormous 17-year battle with a variety of cancers. Many thought he wouldn't make it close to 50. Years ago he took it upon himself, after another ominous doctor's report. to search for his own cure and discovered the Gerson diet out of California. He stuck to it until the bitter end and seemed to find some sense of recovery. But the tumors kept returning.
He spent a lot of time on our interviews telling his story and offering hope with the Gerson diet, which he believed in, to other cancer victims. I never heard him complain. He was a terrific dad to a wife and five kids, ran several businesses and coached youth baseball for years. He was a stellar amateur pitcher over the years in a variety of senior leagues.
Imagine going to bed each night for 17 years with the kind of cancerous reports he was receiving on a regular basis. But he made the most of the 50 years God gave him. His funeral is set for 11am Thursday at East Lansing's St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Visitation is 5-8pm the night before with a Rosary at 8pm. The kids he coached will be on hand to say good bye because he was popular with young and old alike. He was a deeply faithful Roman Catholic and proud of it which I maintained helped him greatly through the years.