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finds the positive in serious pancreatic cancer diagnosis
This comment is one of thousands that have been shared online in regards to Craig Lindvahl's
most recent announcement.
On Monday evening, Lindvahl
announced that he
has been diagnosed with stage-4, pancreatic cancer.
"It's not great," he
"But I'm young, and I'm healthy."
When asked his
replied, "Seventy-five," without missing a beat.
For those who know him, there is a sense of comfort in hearing him joke, a trademark of his
In reality, he
will turn 58 next week, on November 22.
asked that the media share his
news with the public so that he
may keep moving forward with his
"I'm at peace with everything," he
While making a CEO presentation in Sterling last week, Lindvahl
started having serious abdominal pain.
"After class, the teacher there said 'you need to go to the doctor because there's something wrong with you," Lindvahl
After contacting his
went to the emergency room in case the pain was from appendicitis.
After a CAT scan, the ER
doctor ruled that out, but said there were signs of cancer.
In the days that followed, additional tests confirmed that.
As of Wednesday, Lindvahl
started the most aggressive form of treatment available.
is being treated locally by oncologist, Dr. Philip Dy, and is grateful to live in a community where such "top-notch" care is available.
True to form, Lindvahl
intends to use this twist of fate as an opportunity to teach.
"That's what I want to use whatever time I have left to do," he
has plenty to keep him busy for the next several years, which he
intends to be around for.
Lindvahl's achievements, thus far, have been substantial, not only in their quantity, but also in the impact they have had on the community, its youth and the individuals across the globe that have come in contact with him and his
As an award-winning filmmaker, educator and author, Lindvahl
has traveled all over the world to work with students from more than 25 different countries.
In the last three months, alone, he has traveled approximately 20,000 miles and spoken over 60 times on behalf of his work as the executive director of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurial Learning.
He also currently serves on the Illinois State Board of Education, where he says he has been told by the State Superintendent and Chairman of the Board that he is welcome to stay on as a member of the board until he decides not to anymore.
, who has over 30 years of teaching experience under his
belt, also writes a blog for his
book, Things You Wish You Knew Yesterday: and other things you'll need to know tomorrow.
On Monday, Lindvahl
wrote, "As a teacher, boss and friend, I give my heart away.
The annual spring band concert was rechristened this year to honor long-time Teutopolis band teacher, Craig Lindvahl, and to reunite multiple generations of the THS band family.
Unofficially -- and affectionately -- called "The Lindvahl Legacy Tribute Concert," this year's spring band concert brought more than just students and their families to the J.H. Griffin Gym.
Sixty-five THS band alumni also gathered in the warm and crowded bleachers; and they brought with them their families, their friends and many others whose lives were touched simply by knowing "Mr.
alumni from the THS band program and Melissa Orndorff, the current THS band instructor, swiftly set out to memorialize Lindvahl's
words and his
legacy for future generations of THS band students.
The aim of The Lindvahl Legacy Fund
was to first purchase a plaque that would hang in the THS band room - now named after Lindvahl - where students who passed by would read the words: Who will be better because of what I do today?
With support from local business, Designs Unlimited, the alumni were not only able to save on the cost of the plaque, but they were also able to present a beautiful tribute to Lindvahl
at Sunday's concert.
Throughout the concert, which was attended by Craig Lindvahl
wife, Beth, THS band alumni shared their memories of Craig's humor, his
wisdom and even his
But the music, interlaced with the memories of "Lindvahl's Legacy", is what made the event unforgettable.
Members of the current THS band played songs like "Junk Funk Shuffle" - in honor of Craig
's humor - and "The Blues Brothers Revue" - in memory of the last concert Craig conducted.
Even a few students who were freshmen or sophomores during Lindvahl's
last year of teaching attended and played on Sunday.
And, of course, Lindvahl
was humbled by the outpouring of love.
"It's unbelievable," he
"To see all of my former students take the time to come all the way back here..."
"From the seed salesman who visited our family farm and asked what time the concert was, to the man in my dad's prayer group who was a member of the school board that had hired Mr. Lindvahl
footprint is so big."
And The Lindvahl Legacy project is a way to ensure that the impression Mr. Lindvahl
has left upon the community and 'his kids' continues to grow.
Miller says, "I'm just so happy that the next generation of musicians at Teutopolis will know the spirit of Mr. Lindvahl
and what he meant to all of his students."
for outstanding leadership award
East Central Illinois Development Corporation
(ECIDC) has named Craig Lindvahl
and the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship
as the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Leadership in Community and Economic Development Award.
Lindvahl, a nationally recognized educator and filmmaker, has taught every grade K-12.
Projects have taken him all over the world and given him the opportunity to work with students from more than 25 countries.
currently owns Callan Films Corp.
, which produces documentaries and corporate projects and wrote the book, "Things You Wish You Knew Yesterday".
Lindvahl was appointed as the facilitator of the first CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) class which began in Effingham in the fall of 2007.
The Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship
was established in 2010, as an outgrowth from the first CEO class, for the purpose of bringing the CEO program to interested communities and helping them to create networks of business people connecting to students.
A key to the success of CEO was Lindvahl
, who was hired to teach the first CEO class in 2008 and developed the award winning curriculum and innovative approach to teaching entrepreneurship.
Following that successful launch, he was hired as the Executive Director of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship.