By Mark O'Brien
November 26, 2007
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
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.
Received November 22, 2007
- Published November 26, 2007
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