The Palm Beach Post
In 2004, Bruce Rendina began having trouble reading the letters on his Blackberry. During a golf outing, he kept misjudging the distance of the roof of his golf cart and hit it with his head every time he stepped on or off the cart, Richard M. Rendina, his oldest son, recalls.
On a doctor’s advice, Bruce Rendina, a major developer of medical offices, hospitals and other spaces, had an MRI. A surgeon and an imaging specialist spotted an advanced-stage brain tumor pressing against his optical nerve.
“They told him get your affairs in order,” Richard Rendina said from the Jupiter offices of Rendina Cos. Doctors told his father, diagnosed with an aggressive type of cancer called glioblastoma multiforme, that he had just one or two months without treatment.
Bruce Rendina, however, lived another 17 months before succumbing to the disease in December 2006.
Richard Rendina said his father gained several months of life because he had access to specialists and drugs in a clinical trial at Massachusetts General Hospital. “It gave my dad inspiration and hope. He never let on to us that there was zero chance of survival. He always wanted that positive energy around him,” Rendina said. But treating brain cancer is tricky.
Rogers, David. “Rendina foundation plans golf tourney, shares stories of cancer’s impact on family” The Palm Beach Post 24 April 2012: 1,3. Print.