Glens Falls father-to-be gets help in cancer fight

January 26, 2018 06:36 PM

QUEENSBURY - He's just 29 years old, and until recently Austin Lane was a picture of health.

"They say, 'Hey you have a brain tumor that's cancerous. We're going to need to do surgery. And that was it," said Lane.

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He had surgery at Albany Med on the day after Thanksgiving and Lane says the doctor told him they got 98-percent of the cancer. He's going through chemotherapy and radiation now. He plans to be around for a long time -- and he has plenty of reason to -- not the least of which is his son due to arrive February 23.

"I would love nothing more than to beat cancer and be around for as much of his life as I can. If I can get to 50, 60, 70, I would love to. I don't want to make it to 35 and pass away. Yeah, it means everything."

Lane says doctors haven't talked much about his long-term prognosis and remains positive.

"I'm hoping that at 29 and being healthy, I can whoop cancer's ass."

With Lane not able to work as a bartender at O'Toole's Restaurant and Pub, where's he's worked for almost 15 years, the community is making sure he and his family have what they need. 

A fundraiser Saturday is expected to draw more than a thousand people and be the biggest event ever held at the Queensbury restaurant.

"He has a lot of people that love him," said Michael Moynihan, the restaurant's general manager.

They're also holding a benefit basketball tournament for Lane at the Glens Falls YMCA on Saturday. Lane played basketball here before his diagnosis and surgery. Now guys he defended on the court, are defending him in life. They're doing whatever they can to help him win his biggest game, so he's around to spend a lot of time with his son -- and his son's son.

"Let's hope that it can go longer and let's hope that this little bit that we're doing can add up to a whole bunch and we can truly make a difference," said Tom Albrecht, organizer of #AustinStrong basketball tournament.


Mark Mulholland

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