2018-06-28 / Life in Leelanau

Love’s Finest Battle: Solon man pens book in honor of late wife

By Amy Hubbell
Of The Enterprise staff


BLACK STAR FARMS recently hosted a book release party for Paul Wheelock, author of “Love’s Finest Battle: A 30-year Marriage, Terminal Cancer, and a Husband’s Greatest Honor.” BLACK STAR FARMS recently hosted a book release party for Paul Wheelock, author of “Love’s Finest Battle: A 30-year Marriage, Terminal Cancer, and a Husband’s Greatest Honor.” A Solon Township man has written a book about his marriage with his late wife and their journey together.

Paul Wheelock has just released “Love’s Finest Battle: A 30-year Marriage, Terminal Cancer, and a Husband’s Greatest Honor.”

Wheelock met his wife, Becky, when they both were in high school, at a local dance.

“Her best friend was dating one of my classmates,” Wheelock said. “I met her and a few days later my friend handed me a two-page letter from her.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

The Wheelocks were married in 1987 and raised six boys, several who attended and played basketball for Suttons Bay. Their son, David, is a former coach of the Norsemen girls’ basketball team.

However, the storybook romance was rocked in 2009 when Becky was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer after her first mammogram. At the time, the Wheelock’s sons ranged in age from 12 to 20.

“The book really grew out of the CaringBridge program,” Wheelock said. “I was on the phone all the time trying to update two sets of parents and our six sons. CaringBridge allowed me to reach everyone at once online, so I could spend more time with Becky.”

The book chronicles their nine-year fight against cancer than ended on April 26, 2017.

She was just 48.

“They only gave us two to three years and she tripled that,” Wheelock said. “Our goal was to be married as long as both of our great-grandparents and that was 60 years.

“She made me promise that we’d make it to 30 and we did. She died a few days later.”

Wheelock is working with the Leelanau County Cancer Foundation (LCCF), donating $1 to the group for every book sold up to 5,000 copies.

The mission of the foundation is “to help improve the quality of life for qualified Leelanau County residents and their families who are being impacted by cancer.”

Wheelock’s books are available on Amazon and at local book stores.

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