I am personally aware of how hard it was to see, Ann, one of my daughters, struggle with the pain of the treatments for her breast cancer. After many long months in the hospital, Ann, in 1995, was relieved of all of her pain as she left us and went to be with the Lord. Her parents, her husband her brothers and sisters, her two children, her friends, her many young autistic students – – all of us, still miss Ann very much.
But, today, because of the many improvements in breast cancer prevention and care,
thousands of lives are being both helped and saved worldwide, every year. In this
way, other families are spared the heartache our family has experienced with our
loss of Ann. But, much more research needs to be done and research, as you know,
costs lots of money.
If you know anyone with breast cancer, you have first hand knowledge of the pain,
the upset and the struggle that must be endured with today’s ways of treating this
kind of cancer.
Back in ’95 I’d have given anything and paid any price to simply reduce Ann’s
agonizing pain. One of the aims of breast cancer research is to find better ways to
diagnose and treat those with breast cancer. So far, there is no sure cure, but there
are lots of newly discovered and less painful treatments available. These have been
discovered by intensive research and then put into practice. In this way the suffering
of breast cancer patients is much less in many ways.
Ann’s husband has this to say about his wife:
“Ann was diagnosed via a mammogram in October 1993 shortly after we got home
from our year in Israel. By the time she was diagnosed her cancer was stage 4
metastasis and had spread to her hips and liver. She had a mastectomy and then
radiation and chemotherapy. In June of 1994 she had massive chemo with stem cell
transplant at the University of Pennsylvania. In fact, she had her stem cell infusion
on July 5. I well remember how we watched the July 4th fireworks from a hospital
room overlooking the Delaware River. She seemed to do a bit better for a while after
In June of 1995 I was invited to a conference in Cambridge England. Ann went with
me and we spent some time in London. We took a wheelchair with us because she
could not walk for any long period of time. By the end of the trip she was not feeling
well and when we got home we immediately called her oncologist. She entered the
hospital the next day. The cancer had reinvigorated and had spread pretty widely.
She was in St. Luke’s until she died in August. There are a lot of things that she
endured. I had to give her injections every day for almost a month before her stem
cell procedure. I don’t remember how many major and minor surgeries-
mastectomy, catheter placement, catheter removal, etc. She spent over three
months in the hospital during her treatment. She endured it all with grace and
courage. She mostly worried about the kids and me. She was a remarkable person
and I miss her very much.”
Before her marriage Ann, who was 43, had been an excellent, and dedicated teacher
of autistic children. Those who worked with Ann and the children were often filled
with astonishment and praise for the way Ann so lovingly cared for “her kids.” She
treated each one as a special person and did her very best to comfort, teach and
help them in every way.
Even after her marriage, she and her husband often invited the children to spend a
weekend with them in their home. In this way Ann tried to help the children’s
parents so they could have a couple of day’s relief from the constant care that
autistic children always require.
So, if you would like to donate some of your money toward breast cancer research,
here is an easy way to do it: order one or more of my useful, comfortable and very
special PINK SLEEP MASKS. I guarantee and promise you that 25% of the money you
send for this special sleep mask will be given directly to one or more of the Breast
Cancer Research Foundations for you and we all thank you for your help.