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SBE President Barry Thomas Fighting Cancer

Society says he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

SBE President Barry Thomas is recovering from spinal surgery but has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that attaches to the spine, ribs and other bones.

Society Executive Director John Poray told members in an e-mail that Thomas, with help from his employer, Lincoln Financial, has begun working from home and is also conducting SBE business from there.

SBE Vice President Vinny Lopez and Immediate Past President Chriss Scherer are also pitching in. The members of the national SBE Board as well as staff have offered their help, according to Poray.

“The surgery to strengthen his cervical spine went well and he is now recovering at home. Barry will begin treatment for the cancer in about a month,” Poray wrote. “Please keep Barry in your thoughts and prayers during these coming months.” He said Thomas plans to attend and participate in the SBE National Meeting and Webcast in October.

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