Leo was a beloved high school English teacher for 30 years at Damascus High School and Watkins Mill HS in Maryland. He was a dynamic human being who made friends with everyone from the classroom to the chemo room. Most people never knew by looking at him that he was ill or realized the toll that treatments took on him. His positive energy remained throughout. He adored his family, wife Anne and children Dean and Erica, his brother Dean and sister Pam, and he wanted their assurance that his life, not his death, would define them. Leo’s best work was done here on earth.
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12
Leo’s involvement in numerous clinical trials over the years extended his life considerably. Reading advice from Dr. Stephen Strum and talks with Harry Pinchot at this site provided assurance that taking charge of one’s medical journey can make a big difference. Persisting in finding the right local oncologist who combines up-to-date research with a compassionate attitude made such a difference in Leo’s final years. Our whole family became part of the family at Associates in Oncology and Hematology in Rockville, MD -
Dr. Manish Agrawal, Mikhail and Dipak, Michelle and Lisa, and the gorgeous nurses who all fought to be the ones to hook Leo up – Trish, Sue, Maryann, Heidi, Shelley, Danielle, Cynthia, and all – our many thanks. We also so appreciate the lovely care of Hospice of Frederick County, Dr. Eric Bush, Kathy, Jody and Leslie.
For anyone man who may read this – if you sense that something is wrong, insist on a PSA test, even if your GP waives concerns away because you’re younger than 50.
To make a donation in honor of Leo Schleicher, please contact the Prostate Cancer Research Institute at 310-743-2116.