My name is Amanda Caroline-Marullo Simpson and I am the widower of LT Ronald Nicholas Marullo. I am sharing my story as I believe that Ron’s colon cancer diagnosis could be directly related to his multiple missions and the airspace that he flew over while he was on missions in the E-2C (radar plane) Hawkeye.
In late May of 2015, I remember Ron calling me into the bedroom because he could not get out of bed. He was in so much pain. After being rushed to the ER and getting an MRI we were referred to Texas Oncology immediately. They got us in quickly-we only had to wait a few days. On June 5, 2015, one day before our 16th wedding anniversary Ron was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic colon cancer.
Right away his Oncologist Dr. Kocks started a treatment plan. Ron was ready for the challenge and the biggest fight of his life. We were getting chemo every two weeks. After 6 months we had to take a break from it and let his body rest, but when we were ready to start up again, we were told that we should spend as much time together as we could and that another round would probably do more harm to his body than good. On August 20th, 2016 Ron passed away.