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Barbara is "Forever Thankful!"

Barbara's heartfelt letter, reproduced below, asks for year-end gifts to The Botsford Foundation. Please consider a gift now.

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Barbara is Forever Thankful

Dear Friend:

Cancer took both my husband and my son-in-law.
It tried to take me, too. But I'm still here and doing well.

I'm forever thankful to my Botsford doctors and the hospital for all they've done for me, my family and so many others. Let me tell you why.

My husband George was a wonderful man. We got married young as many did back in the 1950s. Though my parents wanted us to have a formal wedding we didn't want any part of that so we eloped the day I graduated from high school. George was serving with the 3rd Marine Air Wing and would later become an instructor. We had two wonderful children.

We had been married 37 years when George was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was terrible. It was very painful watching him deteriorate. His doctors did all they could to save him, but the cancer won.

That was 24 years ago.

Then, 16 years ago, I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. I was terrified. I was certain that I was going to die just like George had. I started to give all my things away. I updated my will. I made arrangements for my pets.

But I made it!

Dr. Powell and his Botsford colleagues found that the cancer was contained and they were able to remove it all in one major surgery. It was so successful I didn't need any follow-up treatment. No chemo. No radiation.

I got great care but I was also lucky. The cancer has never come back.

But cancer wasn't done with my family.

It was just a few years ago that my son-in-law Dennis was diagnosed with cancer of the head and neck. He had it rough. He had surgery at the hospital and then chemotherapy and radiation at the Botsford Cancer Center. They did everything they could to save his life but the cancer was stronger than he was. My daughter became a widow at age 41 with three little girls.

Throughout this ordeal, and it was a terrible ordeal, everyone at the hospital and cancer center was super nice and supportive. Though my son-in-law was the patient, they knew all of us needed love and support, too. We got it.

That is how it is at Botsford. They call it "compassionate care" and they practice what they preach. They treat people right.

I was so impressed by the people I met while Dennis was sick that I began volunteering at the Cancer Center. I had time, and I wanted to give back.

I've been volunteering two days a week for the past three years. I love the staff and I've become very fond of many of the patients. I see people cry from happiness and sadness. Sometimes I cry with them. But mostly I smile and they smile back.

I love that it's like family at the Cancer Center. We all take care of each other.

But it takes more than great people. It also takes dollars.

It takes dollars to provide transportation and medication to those who can't afford it. It takes dollars to purchase diagnostic equipment and conduct community screenings for breast and skin cancer.

It takes dollars to go above and beyond, which is just what Botsford does.

I'm sharing my personal story because I hope you will consider a generous gift to Botsford. Please use the enclosed card to make a tax-deductible contribution. I know firsthand that it will make an important difference.

Best wishes for a very happy and healthy New Year,

Barbara

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