(Lindvahl, who turns 58 next week, made the announcement Monday evening.)
Effingham’s Craig Lindvahl announced Monday that he has Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Along with being a longtime teacher in the area, Lindvahl is the founder of the CEO Program, which is an entrepreneurship program for high school students, the executive director of the Midland Institute, a member of the State Board of Education, and has 23 combined Mid America Emmy and Telly awards for his film work.
Regarding his diagnosis, Lindvahl said he will begin chemotherapy this week.
“I’m young and I’m healthy so I can take the most aggressive kind of chemotherapy they have; so that will start Wednesday morning,” Lindvahl said. “I have plenty of energy for the fight that lies ahead.”
While making his announcement, Lindvahl made it clear that he intends to remain positive during his treatment.
“I want to use this as an opportunity to teach, to make people better and to help them understand what is important in life,” he said.
When asked what he needs from his students and the community during this time, Lindvahl said that he appreciates those who reach out and want to spend time with him. He said that he wants people to understand that he will read everything that comes to him, but he may not be able to responds to everything in a timely manner.
As for the numerous project he is involved with, Lindvahl plans to stay active.
“As long as I can be productive, positive, and make a difference, I’ll stay with as many things as I can.”