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Giving Thanks
By Mark O'Brien


November 26, 2007
Monday AM


I am sitting here at Seattle's Swedish Hospital, looking out the window on a clear, crisp Thanksgiving morning. It couldn't be more appropriate to be here today, this traditional day of giving thanks.

The Swedish Medical Center First Hill Auxiliary placed a handmade holiday coaster on my breakfast tray. This orange leaf made with felt and hand-stitched yellow yarn symbolizes the care and attention given to others by so many throughout the year. Volunteers make up an important part of each and every community, even down here in the big city.

I'd like to thank our own First City Council on Cancer. They are not just a fundraising organization that puts on a St. Patrick's Day auction. They provide educational and support services for cancer patients, as well as their family and friends. The financial support they provide is a breath of relief for anybody undergoing the strains of treatment. Ketchikan is a strong community thanks to their efforts and the many other volunteers that care for our citizens each and every day.

Today, after a year and a half of treatment, I will give thanks to having a clean PeT/CT scan that shows no cancer. But be assured that I will also count my blessings for being part of a caring community. I'll bring this coaster home and put it in a special place to remind me of those that care, even when they don't know you by name or face.

Mark O'Brien
Ketchikan, AK

Received November 22, 2007 - Published November 26, 2007


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