Fourteen years ago, at age 56, Richard Comiskey of Lower Paxton Township was at the pinnacle of his career as a correctional hearing examiner with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
But his life changed in a single moment after receiving the news from his doctor that he had throat cancer.
Facing surgery of the larynx, numerous radiation treatments, as well as a lengthy recovery process, Comiskey knew he had little choice but to retire. However, with no job and a voice permanently not much louder than a whisper, he soon began to question his life’s purpose.
“I could have easily fallen into the trap of sitting around all day and feeling sorry for myself,” he said. “But I had always been active and I knew there was more I wanted to do with my life than stay home and watch TV.”