Paul’s brain tumor was diagnosed with he was only 21 years old. He had just begun his adult life – not quite sure what he’d like to be “when he grew up.” At the time, he was working for Design Studio, and that was his last place of employment. Paul and Howard Galler, Design Studio’s owner, had a close relationship. He could always count on Mr. Galler – his concern, his faithfulness, and his love. At home, Paul would say, “Mr. Galler is a good guy! He has shown it by being the major sponsor of our annual golf outings in Paul’s memory.
It seemed that Paul’s first surgery and radiation treatment had actually eradicated the brain tumor. Paul had several very good years after the first surgery. He even moved to his own condo in DesPlaines. He loved to show his guests the original paper wrapping on his oven rack and thought it was cool that he was one of those rare guys who simply had to “dust” his stove. His friends and family were feeding him, and there wasn’t any need to cook. He condo gave him hope that he indeed had a future, but then there were three more surgeries. Each surgery took a greater toll. His struggle, his courage, his continuing charm, and his constant desire to live life as fully as he could inspired so many people. His illness prompted people to look at their own lives and their priorities. Paul never took people for granted and always expressed genuine gratitude for whatever kindness he received. He did this to the end. A favorite expression of his was, “You didn’t have to do this.” The kindness of people really touched him! He died on June 13, 1998. He was only 31 years old.