Letters, week of April 16

I’ll love you tomorrow

A few years ago I was driving through the city and had to stop for a school bus letting a passenger off. It was one of those smaller ones used for students with a disability.

The driver helped a young boy in a wheelchair off the bus and handed him over to a smiling mom. The young boy turned and looked back at the bus, smiled, yelled something and threw in a couple of fist pumps.

He had probably just returned from one of the best parts of his day, and tomorrow he would do the same.

Two of my friends are a married couple named George and Lois. George is a retired steelworker and proud of the fact he helped build the CN Tower in Toronto. Lois is a retired nurse and like all nurses should be proud of the work she did.

Last year I attended their 65th wedding anniversary. The party was held in the nursing home where George now lives. About five years ago he had both feet amputated because of a diabetes problem. Lois still lives in the family home and drives one hour, each way to visit George, every day rain or shine.

I think the young boy in the wheelchair and George and Lois share the same outlook on life.

It can best be described by using the words from an old musical, called Annie.

“Tomorrow, tomorrow, I’ll still love you tomorrow, and it’s only a day away.”

Sometimes when I think tomorrow will be a better day, I go to bed early.

Jim Clarkson

Sarnia

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Thank you for brilliant powwow photo

Re: “23rd Annual Mini Powwow”

I wish to congratulate photographer Glenn Ogilvie, on his brilliant photo of River White at the Lambton College Mini Powwow (April 9/15).

The colours are stunningly beautiful, framing the reverential, meditative expression of the young man with his outstretched arms gathering smoke from a smudge stick.

The presence of the elder gazing on in the background captures a statement of assured continuity of his Aboriginal culture and tradition. The image is mesmerizing and powerful; it is truly worthy of award-winning status. Thank you, Glenn.

Sheila Kozmin

Point Edward

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More facts to add to cancer story

Sir: I’d like to add another important fact about cancer to the April 2 story, “11 little-known facts about cancer,” which was very useful and helpful to people.

There is another form of cancer that most people are not aware of until someone they know is diagnosed with it. It’s called Merkel cell carcinoma.

I became aware of this cancer when my 83-year-old mother was diagnosed. After two surgeries, and being free from the cancer for a year, it reappeared and was followed by another surgery. She is now undergoing radiation.

Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare skin cancer but it is aggressive. It can grow quickly and spread to different organs and body parts, and return after treatment.

Because MCC is aggressive, doctors recommend prompt treatment. The sooner this skin cancer is treated the better the outcome.

Cases of Merkel cell carcinoma have tripled in the past 20 years, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. There has been much written about its causes and treatments. Thanks for your article about cancer, which prompted me to write.

Judy Gould

Sarnia

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Thanks to Society volunteers

The Canadian Cancer Society would like to thank each and every one of its many dedicated volunteers in Sarnia-Lambton.

Volunteers are integral to the Society, who without their dedication, energy and tireless efforts would not be able to meet our goals to eradicate cancer and improve the quality of life for people living with cancer.

Society volunteers are working in all capacities to help ease the burden of cancer – from raising funds for life-saving cancer research, to offering caring support to people living with cancer, to advocating for healthy public policy to administrative support in our local offices.

Society volunteers have integrity, they are caring, they have courage and they are progressive. Together, we’re strong in the fight against cancer.

With thanks and appreciation,

Cindy Vinall

Senior Manager, Community Offices

Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division