Back on the Route W e’ve all heard the U.S. Postal Service’s unofficial motto: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” If you quoted this mantra to 57-year-old Patrick Keeley, he’d probably applaud. Foul weather never kept this letter carrier from doing his job, but a diagnosis of stage 2 esophageal cancer almost stopped him in his tracks. B Y M A R Y A N N P O R T R A I T B Y N I C K L I T T E L L R O M A N E N K O Summer 2017 I Cancer Connection I 19