The Saratoga Sun -

By Liz Wood 

Actions speak louder than words: Saratoga man remains volunteer advocate despite cancer, surgeries


Marty Huntley, center, poses with his doctor, Dean Bartholomew, and speech therapist, Jane Johnston. The team works together to keep Marty healthy as he recovers from his third bout of cancer.

“Every time I walk, my tongue wags,” Marty Huntley said.

It is a sense of humor that has kept Marty going through four surgeries and three bouts of squamous cell carcinoma.

The most recent surgery was on July 14, 2011, when muscle tissue from his leg was used to rebuild his tongue after most of his cancerous tongue was removed.

He was in surgery for 13 hours and has been fed through feeding tubes known as g-tubes and j-tubes, which were inserted directly into Huntley’s stomach and jejunum.

For the first three months after the surgery, Huntley couldn’t talk. He had to use that time...

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