Former Grizzlies player beat cancer


Former Franklin College basketball player and leukemia survivor David Dunkel talks about his battle Wednesday in his Johnson Memorial Hospital office. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

The announcement that Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano is fighting leukemia likely didn’t go unnoticed by Dave Dunkle.

The 40-year-old physician with practices in Franklin and Greenwood has a built-in antenna for this sort of thing. That’s because Dunkle, 21 years ago, was diagnosed with a disease akin to the one afflicting Pagano.

Dunkle is a survivor of AML (acute myeloid leukemia), a malignant disorder of the bone marrow. Pagano, 52, has begun treatments for APL (acute promyelocytic leukemia), which Dunkle describes as a subtype of AML.

“My first thought was that I just felt horrible for him. You feel for him, and you feel for his family,” Dunkle said. “I would tell him to keep a great attitude and not to worry about the little things. Put everything into focusing on your health right now.”

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