Pahrump Valley Times
Sheldon Finkelstein, resident professional gambler, beats the odds every day by just living and staying above ground. He will be celebrating life with a party at his house on Saturday, and the entire town is invited.
This Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m., Tom Kelley Jr., renowned Hollywood photographer of the stars, is inviting all adult residents of Pahrump to be in the film he is making about Finkelstein’s life.
Finkelstein has one stipulation and that is men must be in a sport coat or better. Finkelstein said, “Kelley wants this film to be an inspiration to others. The party will have a band, be catered and everyone will be dressed up … So how often do people get dressed up in Pahrump?”
Finklestein is a marvel to all his doctors who have said he literally should not be here.
Back in May 2011 doctors informed Finklestein he had a month to live, tops. So every day he continues breathing and is above ground is good for him. “Any day I am not in any pain is a great day,” said Finkelstein. He added, “The cancer has spread into my lymph nodes, to my stomach, intestines and it’s in my liver — it’s everywhere, and when I saw the VA doctor he told me ‘I can not believe you’re still here.’”
Finkelstein lives and celebrates life and is truly an inspiration to all who have cancer. Come out and meet the man at his home, just have a good time and be in his film.
Finkelstein said, “They wanted (the doctors) me to do chemo, radiation — they wanted me to do all these different things, and I just would not do it. And if I am going to die, I want to die on my own terms. I don’t want them killing me.”
To be in the film you just need to show up at 1631 S. Michael Dr.