Alan L. “Alf” Fink – In Memoriam. Fink died Wednesday, April 13, 2005 after a long battle with GIST. He was 45. Alan was diagnosed in September of 2000. He had surgery weeks later, and also underwent a then-new clinical procedure called photodynamic therapy, which involves using lasers to burn tumor cells after administration of a drug that makes the cancer more sensitive to the laser treatment. After the cancer returned eight months later, Alan joined the phase III clinical trial of Gleevec for GIST. When Gleevec failed him after a year, he volunteered for the SU11248 trial, which didn’t work for him. He also tried combining the relatively new antiangiogenesis drug Avastin with Gleevec, and Avastin with the more traditional chemo Gemzar. Alan told his story in the January 2003 issue of the Life Raft newsletter. Originally from Philipsburg, PA, Alan graduated from Penn State University in 1984 and moved to Bear, Delaware, in 1991. He was known for his involvement in First State Harley Owners Group, his participation in many bicycle rides raising money for the MS Society, Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society and several other charities, and for his sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was the beloved husband of Betty (Fedorkowicz), loving son of William and Doris (Stranko) of Osceola Mills, Penn., father of Matthew Fink of Waldwick, N.J., and Jessica Okarski of Wilmington, Del. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, Pete Fedorkowicz, Paul Fedorkowicz and Dan Fedorkowicz; sisters-in-law, Gladie Brogan, Joanne Nichols, Mary Anderson and Barbara Brothers; his great aunt, Anne Galvin of Conn.; along with many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Services were held April 18 at Hope Lutheran Church, 230 Christiana Road, New Castle, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be sent to Vitas Hospice, 100 Commerce Drive, Suite 302, Newark, DE 19713; or to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720. To send online condolences, please visit

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