John Thaddeus Cuprak
John Thaddeus Cuprak, 45, of Vail, Ariz. passed away on March 3, 2016 after an 18-month battle with brain cancer. John graduated from Gilbert High School and received his bachelor's and masters degrees from Arizona State University.
John was a gifted engineer, an outdoor adventurer, a frequent joy to his many followers on Facebook and an avid beer connoisseur.
Two gross total resection surgeries of his stage 3 anaplastic astrocytoma took place at Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. John powered through the initial surgery on Oct. 31, 2014, as well as the subsequent rehabiliation at Barrow, followed by radiation and several waves of chemotherapy at Banner UAMC in Tucson.
John then returned to work full time at Raytheon in Tucson and continued to live his life. He took setbacks and challenges in stride and maintained a positive attitude. When the cancer began to return aggressively a little over a year later, John chose to return to the same team at Barrow that worked miracles the first time. John’s journey came to an end after he developed a secondary infection, which lowered his resistance and allowed the tumor to progress to a stage 4 glioblastoma, which ultimately took his life.
John's family said the team of doctors and nurses at St. Joseph's did their best to treat John with compassion and dignity even when he eventually lost the ability to communicate. They are thankful for the additional time they had with John’s amazing sense of humor and beautiful mind. They dedicate this memorial fund to furthering the efforts to beat this horrible disease and the havoc it wreaks. They honor the memory of John Thaddeus Cuprak, "son, brother, friend, relative and easily one of the most intelligent people who ever existed."