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The Luckiest Guy in the World

September 4, 2019
Four-time cancer survivor, Arnie Honkofsky

Arnie Honkofsky, who turned 75 years old at the end of August, is currently battling cancer for the fourth time, but it isn’t putting a damper on his life, his passions, or his desire to help others.

Arnie started his career with GBMC when he worked as a pharmacist manager at the GBMC Community and Family Health Center before he moved on to the GBMC Physicians Pavilion in Owings Mills, which opened its doors in 1990. He finished his career at the GBMC outpatient pharmacy on its main campus in Towson, where he is very well known in and around GBMC among doctors, staff, and volunteers.
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Arnie and his wife, Marlene

Arnie witnessed firsthand the exceptional care that GBMC provided his friends, family members, and patients throughout the years, so he knew he was in good hands when it was discovered that he had CLL - Chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Although the diagnosis was Stage 0, and the treatment only involved active surveillance, He was reminded that “God’s gift to us is our life, how we live our life is our gift back to God.”

After his first cancer diagnosis, Arnie returned to GBMC for additional treatment as he battled colon cancer, a kidney tumor and, most recently, prostate cancer. Although his doctors joke “Arnie is the luckiest guy in the world,” he credits his team of doctors and their dedication to finding answers and providing him with the most comprehensive care.
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“I would and have recommended GBMC to all of my family, friends, and even strangers, no matter the diagnosis they are facing,” explained Arnie. “It is not only a phenomenal health care facility, but you are treated as family with dignity, professionalism, courtesy and attention.”

Despite the challenges in his life, Arnie has served as Clinical Director at Wellness Solutions, a spokesperson for Death with Dignity and a strong advocate and volunteer photographer for GBMC events.

On September 28th, Arnie will be joining former colleagues and other cancer survivors at the 19th annual Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs, as he has done for the past 12 years. Join Arnie, the GBMC team, and friends and family from across the region for steeplechase races, food trucks, family-friendly activities and more! Purchase your parking pass now. All proceeds benefit the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at GBMC.
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