Photo courtesy of Betty Beach  John and Betty Beach before John had surgery to remove a meningioma brain tumor from the left side of his brain.

Photo courtesy of Betty Beach
John and Betty Beach before John had surgery to remove a meningioma brain tumor from the left side of his brain.

MOUNT VERNON — A local Mount Vernon resident and Army veteran John Beach is recovering from an operation to remove a cancerous tumor from his brain.

“He is an awesome husband, father, grandfather and great-grand father,” Betty Beach, John’s wife for the past 46 years, said. She described John as a man who loves spending time with her and his family. She said that over the years she often mentioned how much he resembles Santa Clause but he has never played one during the holidays.

One John’s favorite things to do is drive around and go to yard sales. Betty described how every Tuesday they would go grab some food before taking a drive around in search of a yard sale. John, who is now 67, worked for 35 years in the heating and cooling business before retiring.

Betty said that he collects Hot Wheels cars and loves the employees who work down at Southside Dinner.

“If he could,” Betty said, “He would go there every day while I go to Pizza Hut.”

About 10 months ago, John and Betty noticed a lump forming on the left side of John’s head. After getting his diabetes under control, he had surgery at the beginning of September at St. Ann’s in Westerville. Now, John is recovering at Selected Specialist Hospital in Newark.

The surgery removed a tumor from the front left side of his brain. After the test, it was revealed to be a anaplastic meningioma.

Anaplastic meningioma is a cancerous type of tumor that affects the outermost layer of tissue that covers the brain called dura mater. Anaplastic meningiomas are fast growing and often involve rounds of radiation after surgery. According to, about 371 people are affected with atypical or anaplastic meningioma a year.

At the moment, John is currently receiving care at the Selected Specialty Hospital in Newark. Betty visits him every other day and is grateful to her employer for letting her take the time to care for him. The next steps in his recovery are still in the works as he slowly recovers from the surgery and can talk with his doctor.

“At the moment, all we’re going to do is keep him comfortable,” Betty said and added that people are more then welcome to send cards.

“I want to get him motivated to get better,” She said hoping that the cards might help him.

Cards can be sent to Selected Specialty Hospital, 2000 Tamarack Road, Newark, Ohio, attention Room 2020. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up by a family friend to assist with medical costs.

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