After serving in the military, Walter Roussell pursued a career as a hairdresser. Daniel “Stony” Anderson, MD, followed his own time in the military by completing his medical training.
The pair crossed paths more than 25 years ago, when Dr. Anderson came into Walter’s salon for a haircut. They have been friends ever since.
When Walter’s routine colonoscopy revealed late-stage colon cancer two years ago, Dr. Anderson felt Walter’s pain personally.
“It was hard,” recalled Dr. Anderson. “He had been a friend for a long time.”
Dr. Anderson worked with Walter’s Kaiser Permanente care team to treat the cancer aggressively through chemotherapy and radiation treatment. The treatment wasn’t easy, but two years later, Walter is cancer free. He worked in the salon throughout the entire treatment.
Being healthy has allowed Walter to continue working on his cabin, a beloved hobby. Most importantly, he has the opportunity to spend time with the newest member of his family: a baby granddaughter.
Walter is thankful to Dr. Anderson, who walked alongside him during the annual Kaiser Permanente Colon Cancer Walk.
“Not many people have a friend that’s going to give you bad news, who will also stick with you,” said Walter. “That friend, I’ll never forget.”