Peter C. Kienzle
Peter Kienzle and his family have been a part of this community since 1968. He graduated from Conestoga High School, where he played football and lacrosse, and the University of Delaware. While building his career in medical and software sales, he married and started a family in Tredyffrin Township, the township in which he was raised. Peter, along with his wife and two daughters, soon became enmeshed in the local lacrosse community and they ultimately started a club lacrosse team for girls called Motion Lacrosse.
In December 2012, Peter was diagnosed with Stage 2 squamous cell carcinoma of his distal esophagus. After his initial treatment of chemotherapy and radiation, he developed metastases to his liver. Over the ensuing 18 months Peter withstood various chemotherapy protocols and radiology procedures to slow the progression of the metastases in his liver and lung.
Peter never complained about his disease or the pain caused by the side effects of the many drugs or procedures he endured. In late December 2014, twelve hours after riding a Segway he had just purchased to increase his mobility, Peter went into respiratory failure. Four days later his body succumbed to the cancer that was never able to defeat his spirit or attitude.
An endowment has been set up in Peter’s name that will provide partial scholarships to individuals in the Fighting Back Program. These will pay for one-on-one exercise rehabilitation sessions once a week for one year for two individuals who exemplify Peter’s fighting spirit, and never quit attitude. One of these scholarships will go to a veteran, and the other to a civilian. Our plan is to make this an annual award, and we hope to carry on Peter’s legendary spirit in perpetuity.