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26 01, 2011

Erik’s foundation, first shaken, then created

By | January 26th, 2011|Building Stuff, Giving, Leaving a Legacy, Patient Stories|1 Comment

Erik was a successful entrepreneur with a young family when he was diagnosed with leukemia.  His battle against the disease, and the friends he made along the way, inspired him to found The There Goes My Hero Foundation.  His organization's mission: to restore hope to Leukemia patients and their families through increasing bone marrow registrants, providing nutritious meals, and supporting blood cancer research.

20 06, 2010

CJ’s mission

By | June 20th, 2010|Giving, Leaving a Legacy, Patient Stories|2 Comments

Dian “CJ” Corneliussen-James, a retired Air Force intelligence officer, saw a need to support those who, like her, have metastatic breast cancer.  Now, she is the chairman of METAvivor Research and Support, a program run by and for those with the disease. Click below to hear more.  

30 05, 2010

Jeffrey’s Music Library

By | May 30th, 2010|Building Stuff, Creativity, Giving, Leaving a Legacy, Patient Stories|2 Comments

Jeffrey Liss was a natural leader whose work as an attorney was often dedicated to advocating for the public interest. In addition to helping those in need, Jeffrey was passionate about music and, in it, found great comfort and empowerment, especially during his fight against pancreatic cancer. He shared his passion by creating a music library to benefit other patients being treated at Johns Hopkins. Click below to hear more.  

5 02, 2010

Steve’s Soul Talk

By | February 5th, 2010|Enriching Relationships, Leaving a Legacy, Patient Stories|Comments Off on Steve’s Soul Talk

The honesty, candor and significance of conversations among the living can pale in comparison to those among the dying. I am repeatedly struck by my patients' inclinations to communicate with their friends and loved ones in ways they never did before they got sick. ~~~ Steve was a gracious, genuine man in his late 50's with an easy laugh and a peaceful demeanor. He had a full head of white hair with a neatly trimmed mustache that sat above an ever-emerging smile. He had a keen sense of humor and a gentle, yet persuasive quality that made Steve a natural leader. His daughters likened his compelling nature to the influence of the Jedi Mind Trick. Once, he walked the family dog into a 7-11, where the clerk told him that dogs were not allowed in the store. Steve quickly replied, “Oh, but he’s blind.” The clerk went along with it. [...]

2 02, 2010

Cyndi’s Cookbook

By | February 2nd, 2010|Creativity, Leaving a Legacy, Patient Stories|Comments Off on Cyndi’s Cookbook

Cyndi, a friendly, slender woman with long red hair, was in her mid 50s when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A nutritionist by training, she knew all too well how serious her diagnosis was. Cyndi grew up on a farm in the Midwest and, after college, spent three years in the Peace Corps. She earned degrees in nutrition and spent her career sharing her knowledge with people around the world. An advocate for vegetarianism, Cyndi traveled the globe – the Middle East, India and West Africa, to name a few – sharing both her love for food and her passion for proper nutrition. She worked with malnourished families to help them make the most of food they had. She was the lead nutritionist for a major health initiative at George Washington University. Over the years she amassed a collection of recipes and cooking techniques so vast and diverse it [...]

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