Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. A couple of years ago Joe was diagnosed with CLL/Lymphoma. Joe has been seeing an hematologist oncologist to monitor this disease. Over the summer he noticed some slight changes in his neck area. Multiple doctors thought these changes were due to the CLL/Lymphoma. The mass eventually grew and needed to be further tested. This past December, Dad and I visited a surgeon about removing this mass. Our Dad Joe is scheduled to have surgery on 1/5/22 at the University of Chicago. During surgery he will have this mass removed from the right side of his neck underneath his jaw. This mass is thought to be a squamous cell carcinoma tumor. This complex surgery will take 8-10 hours. After surgery he will be in the ICU for a couple of days followed by a couple more days in a regular hospital bed. Joe is a little nervous as we all would be. We know he is going to pull this off like nobody else can. We appreciate all of your love, support, prayers and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.