Evan Mohler loves the land. “Family and farming are his true passions in life,” says his son Troy. At the age of 78, Mr. Mohler continues to farm 110 acres, look after his herd of over 100 cattle and make hay even in the blistering summer heat. This is an especially remarkable feat when you consider that he has been battling colon cancer for 15 years. With grit, humility, faith and love, Mr. Mohler has shown his family how to face the challenges in life. Two of his children, Troy Mohler and Michele Middleton, discussed their father for this special Father’s Day Patient Spotlight.
“Dad grew up in in Brunswick, Maryland. He met my mother Jean, the love of his life, and they were married for 51 years. In 1980, they moved to a 110 acre farm just outside the town where my mother grew up in Loudoun County,” said Troy. Together Mr. and Mrs. Mohler raised four children. He worked for Loudoun County Public Schools throughout his career. “My father believes in the power of education,” said Michele. After graduating from Frostburg College with a degree in biology, he worked as a biology teacher, elementary school principal, middle school vice principal, and Director of Facilities before becoming Assistant Superintendent of Facilities for Loudoun County Public Schools. “He oversaw the building of schools in Loudoun County during a time of unprecedented growth, while also maintaining older schools.” As if this were not enough for one person to handle, Mr. Mohler simultaneously continued farming the land he loves so much.
Mr. Mohler’s cancer diagnosis in 2006 had a big impact on his family. “It has reminded us of the importance of family and to take advantage of the time we do have together,” reflects Troy. “I have made sure to take time to make more memories together. He was the best man at my wedding.” Michele found special significance in Mr. Mohler’s cancer journey. “For me, it is very personal, because I have Lynch syndrome too and am a cancer survivor. I admire him for never giving up and facing difficulty with faith, courage and grace. I want him to know how much I love him and appreciate his wisdom and strength.” Troy and Michele expressed great appreciation to Dr. Rajendra for his care. “There is no one we trust more,” says Troy. “He has always gone out of his way and above and beyond to ensure care for my father and my family as a whole, “
Through all the ups and downs, Mr. Mohler has been a shining light to his children and six grandchildren. Troy describes his father as an honorable man who leads by example. “I’ve been inspired by his courage and optimism. Whatever has come his way, he has faced it…We have all moved home to be near my dad and our family farm so that we can raise our children here near him. That is a testament to the life, values and family that my dad has worked so hard to build and instill in all of us.”
Michele said that the greatest lesson her father imparted was to be a person of faith and to always be grateful for one’s blessings. “I love him and appreciate his wisdom and strength.” “Happy Father’s Day, Dad. We love you,” adds Troy. We wish Mr. Mohler a very Happy Father’s Day with his wonderful family.