The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal

MAY 2015

The 2012 edition of The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal features medically reviewed, reader-friendly articles such as tanning, the increasing incidence of skin cancer diagnoses among young women, & the prevalence of melanoma among white males over 50.

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time, Pasarell was the #3 player in the US. In that same period of his life, Chuck also beat 17-year-old Australian Rod Laver, only half his age, who went on to become the number one player in the world and one of the greatest to ever play the game. HIS IMPACT ON INDIANAPOLIS It was his other great sports love, basket- ball, however, that served as the springboard for Chuck's most enduring civic impact. By the 1960s, Chuck had become highly successful in business, amassing some wealth, and he decided to put it to best use. In 1965, with his brother John and several other partners, he founded the Indiana Pacers professional basketball team in the American Basketball Association (ABA). From 1968 to 1974, he served as President of the Pacers, and in the seven years under his leadership, the Pacers won three ABA Championships and played in five finals, becoming the dynasty of the ABA. Eventually, the Pacers moved into the National Basketball Association (NBA), where to this day, they remain one of the NBA's dom- inant franchises. "Dad was a very, very hard worker, and it was important to him to excel at everything he did," his daughter Anne DeVoe Lawler told The Indianapolis Star in 2013. That drive to excel most certainly applied to business, much to the benefit of Indianapo- lis. In 1974, the last year of Chuck's Presidency with the Pacers, the team's great success ac- corded them the opportunity to build a new arena, which became the hub of what had for- merly been a very sleepy downtown area. The arrival of "Market Square Arena," its legions of fans, and all of the businesses that came with them sparked the rebirth of the down- town area and helped put modern Indianap- olis on the map. TENNIS TO THE BITTER END Chuck's love of tennis never wavered, though, and in 1975 he stepped down as Pac- ers President and joined the U.S. and World Senior Professional Tennis Circuit. In keeping with everything else he ever did, his success was almost unimaginable. He held the U.S. #1 senior doubles ranking for 11 straight years and the U.S. #1 singles ranking for four years. He won 67 National titles, 13 European titles, and three World titles on a variety of surfaces including grass, clay, hard-court and synthetic indoor. It afforded him and his wife, Jody, the chance to travel the world and to make innumerable friendships. His tennis friends in- cluded the likes of Arthur Ashe, Pancho Gon- zalez, Fred Stolle, and Jimmy Connors. He even played tennis at the White House with Vice-President George H.W. Bush and Secre- tary of State Jim Baker. Through it all, Chuck remained a humble, quiet, self-controlled man who never called attention to himself. His razor-sharp memory and terrific sense of humor aided his success in busi- ness, but he was never a big talker. He was con- tent to stay in the background, pull the important strings, and let others take the glory. His belief in "playing fair" extended from sport to com- merce, and he was generous with his time, help- ing countless others start their own businesses. Chuck began using sunscreens regularly and wearing long-sleeved shirts in the 1990s, but too much sun damage had already oc- curred, and when melanoma came, it showed none of the grace and mercy that Chuck showed to his competitors. If Chuck was ever on his way to beating an opponent 6-0, 6-0, he would intentionally drop a game or two to spare him humiliation. He had enough skill to do it without the opponent becoming aware of the charity. "It was out of admiration and friendship for his competitors," said his son Mike DeVoe. Melanoma was nowhere near as kind to Chuck. Most often, there are clear warning signs of the disease at an earlier stage, when it is still curable. [See "Know Your ABCDE's for Early Melanoma Detection".] But not in Chuck's case. In September 2013, he suddenly developed problems with his balance and hit- ting forehands. Melanoma was diagnosed with metastases to the brain, a Stage IV terminal diagnosis, even though no primary tumor had ever been seen. Chuck undertook a course of drug therapy, but it was already far too late. He died just over three months later, after a brief but valiant battle. An exceptional life had reached far too swift an end. C. WILLIAM HANKE, MD, is Senior Vice Presi- dent of The Skin Cancer Foundation. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and has practiced Mohs surgery in Indianapolis for many years. He is Past President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the International Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the American College of Mohs Surgery, and the American Acad- emy of Dermatology. Figures 3 and 4 Figure 3: Doubles match at White House tennis court. Above, left to right: Secretary of State Jim Baker, Gil Bogley, Chuck DeVoe, Vice-President George H.W. Bush. Figure 4: There were literally "a hundred" championship moments like this in Chuck DeVoe's life. The Skin Cancer Foundation offers its sincerest appreciation to the DeVoe family for the use of their photographs of Chuck DeVoe.

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