Vince Flynn and James Gandolfini
Last week we lost two great contributors to American literature and film. Vince Flynn, an author of over 14 novels, died of aggressive prostate cancer at the age of 47 and James Gandolfini had a heart attack at age 51. While Gandolfini received the news focus expected for a film star, legions of Vince Flynn fans, from past presidents of the United States to the Y Collaborative team are mourning his passing.
Vince wrote the Mitch Rapp thriller series on counter terrorism and, according to his publisher, sold more than 15 million books in the United States alone. In his last blog to friends, Flynn wrote in January, “I am sorry to announce that I will not be doing a book tour for the launch of Kill Shot. Post radiation my health has continued to improve, and I am feeling much better, but it is crucial that I conserve my energy and keep my immune system primed for the fight…. I will miss seeing all of you this time around. Thank you for your support and keep the faith.”
While Vince downplayed his illness, he was a supporter of Movember, which was started by two guys in Australia to help raise awareness for prostate cancer and basically involves growing a mustache for the month of November.
Vince realized awareness is important. Few people realize how prevalent prostate cancer is: 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
However, there are tremendous resources available for anyone interested in learning more about its symptoms, risk factors, early detection and for families and caregivers. Vince Flynn’s fans know that advance planning and preparation were at the heart of everything Mitch Rapp did. If you are at risk, get an early screening. If you want to honor Vince, supporting groups like Movember, Blu Cure and CanCare would be a worthy endeavor.