Although he died in 2002, Robert is still remembered with love and affection. Friend and former business partner Chuck Lucko turned the tragedy of Robert’s death into a story of hope for others facing cancer.
Who would have thought the friendship of Robert and Chuck, both born and raised in Temple, Texas would have been the catalyst for funding world class cancer research at Scott and White Cancer Research Institute. After graduating and moving away from Temple, Robert returned and married his high school sweetheart, Cindy Duncan. Robert joined All County Surveying, Chuck’s company, in 1994. It was only a short time when he began to experience stomach pain. Doctors found several large tumors and removed them with surgery. After a second surgery, the diagnosis came back of liposarcoma.
Liposarcoma is an aggressive cancer of the fat tissue that had no known cure in 1994. Today, there is still not an effective therapy. For the next eight years, Robert and his family bravely battled his cancer with the only method available, surgeries lasting up to 10 hours to remove the cancerous tumors.
Cindy and Robert had four beautiful children who Robert loved unconditionally. He pulled red wagons, coached t-ball, soccer or whatever they were playing. He never stopped being an involved parent. “Responsibility was big with him,” Lucko said. “He was going to support his family. He literally lived as if nothing was wrong.”
Bruce Matous, another long time friend, relates that Robert “didn’t want his children to know how much he hurt. It was important to him to know that they made him happy.” For the most part, Robert held his head high. “He’d smile and say, ‘I’m buying green bananas’ to mean he was planning on being around for a few more days.” Matous did not realize how little time he had left with his friend.
Robert passed away in 2002 while his children were at school. Even though he was sick for nearly a decade, he managed to care for his friend Chuck Lucko was also struggled with a cancer diagnosis beginning in 1996.
“I got my diagnosis in 1996, had surgery and radiation in ’97 and from then until April 1998 was unable to work. Robert was the one who took care of everything. He took care of me.” Unfortunately, as Chuck’s health improved, Robert’s declined. “A precious bond was formed and after he died, I was encouraged to create a memorial.”
In 2007, the time had come. Chuck Lucko began to fulfill his vision of a memorial foundation to help cancer victims through research for cures. Millie Love, Robert’s mom said, “I am so glad things are being done in my son’s honor. I hope a lot of good things come of it.”
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Robert S. Love left a legacy of family, faith and friends behind. This is his email to let them know where his heart was:
My dear friends, whom I care so much for:
For the next few minutes I would like to tell each one of you what you have meant to me. Words really can’t explain this but here goes. I want you all to know that when I get to Heaven all will be well. I will be there in the event one of your or any of the kids were to be called to Heaven, I will watch over them. My only request is that while you are still here in earth you help Cindy, Marshall, Kyler, Kelli and Jacey to live a full and happy life. I know that this is a big request. But, somehow knowing all of you, you will make that happen. We are all told that life is short, to cherish each moment to its fullest, to live it like there is no tomorrow. That is hard at times, even for me. Sometimes I (remove U) find myself taking life for granted. I want each one of you to hold hands with your family when you can - to really enjoy each other’s company - to hold each other tight and to think of each other and not about me, Cindy or our family. Think of yours. This is my wish for all of you. Nothing more - nothing less. So, with that said, let’s kiss our loves ones and go and have a wonderful time together. Like I’ve always told the boys, “I am living with cancer, not dying with cancer.” Love to you all and may God bless you like you have blessed me and my family.
Thank you for reading this, it really means a lot to me. When our paths cross, I want to see smiles. I expect to be smiling.
We have a frame in our house that says “A friend is something you give yourself.” I believe that is very true. To all of my wonderful friends, “I LOVE YOU” and THANKS FOR BEING MY FRIEND!!
All God’s Love,