BY Maude Veech

After Ron Speidel retired, he and his wife, Brenda, ventured around the U.S. in their RV for nine years.

“Then I got the big C,” says Ron, 70. After playing college football as an athletic youth in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, he served as a police officer for 30 years — including 18 as a K-9 handler in high-risk operations.

“I was always very active,” he says, noting his surprise when he discovered blood in his urine during...

Bladder cancer patient Ron Speidel smiles as he sits outside with green grass and trees behind him. He is wearing glasses and has a goatee.

BY Maude Veech

Whether designing computer systems as a management consultant in the oil-and-gas industry or earning an MBA at Rice University, Charlotte...