Who is Dr. Lawrence Robert Meadows? Dr. Lawrence Robert Meadows Bio/Wiki
TODAY show anchor Craig Melvin announced on Instagram that after his battle with colon cancer, his older brother, Reverand Dr. Lawrence Robert Meadows, had died.
In 2016, at age 39, Meadows was first diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Melvin’s brother, who served in Spartanburg, South Carolina, as a Baptist minister and funeral home owner, died from disease complications on December 9, 2020. On Saturday afternoon on Instagram, Melvin shared the sad news. He sent his love and his best wishes to his sister-in-law, Angela, and to Addie and Lawson, his two nieces.
On September 22, 1977, Reverend Dr. Lawrence Robert Meadows, who was called to be an orator of the Faith, was born to Lawrence R. (Betty) Melvin in Spartanburg, SC, and the late Joan Meadows.
Reverend Meadows was an honorary graduate of Paul M. Dorman High School, Roebuck, SC, in 1995. In 1999, from Wofford College, he received his Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude.
He was 43 years old.
Melvin became a vocal advocate following the diagnosis of his brother to raise awareness of colon cancer, the same disease that took place in August in the life of actor Chadwick Boseman.
We’re here for the entire Melvin family and ask that our allies send love, prayers & healing during this time.
For our incredible friend @craigmelvin, who from the beginning of Lawrence’s fight brought awareness to this cancer, we 💙 you & will always stand by you & your family. pic.twitter.com/pHkzHrycnU
— Colorectal Cancer Alliance (@CCAlliance) December 12, 2020
In 2017, Melvin told TODAY to show viewers that while doctors removed a baseball-sized tumor from his abdomen in 2016, they found that cancer had spread across his body already. Meadows moved from South Carolina to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for chemotherapy treatments every other week. Dr. Scott Kopetz, who was Meadow’s oncologist, told TODAY that he saw a rise in patients under the age of 45 being diagnosed with colon cancer, which is the third most common cancer in America, according to the American Cancer Society.
Kopetz also noted that black people are twice as likely as white people to develop early-onset colon cancer, and unfortunately, there is no cure. But the secret to stopping cancer from spreading is early detection.
Lawrence Meadows, Craig Melvin’s older brother, died at 43 from colon cancer.
Husband. Brother. Father of two young children. Preacher of the gospel and son of God. Diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at 39. Dead at 43. Missed but never forgotten. Get checked. Talked abt your family history. https://t.co/4QZJLBoxPI via @TODAYshowhttps://t.co/bd99w3LWAL
— Craig Melvin (@craigmelvin) December 13, 2020
Craig revealed the heartbreaking news on Instagram on Saturday. he wrote “We lost our older brother this week. Lawrence Meadows was a husband (to Angela, his childhood sweetheart), father (to Addie, 11 and Lawson, 7) Baptist minister, entrepreneur, and one of the best human beings you would’ve ever known. Colon cancer robbed him and us of so much. He was diagnosed at 39. He died Wednesday at 43.”
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