“I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.”
— William Shakespeare
As I have traveled down the road of a cancer patient, hitting both potholes and unexpected pleasures along the way, I realize I have many to thank. Here is a partial list:
“I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom.”
— Author Unknown
Our Special Thanks:
Since I first started receiving chemotherapy, in October 2010, I started to wonder who was responsible for this life-saving “poison” being thrust into my bloodstream. After reading up on the subject, and discussing it with my oncologist, I realized there are many scientists and others in the field who deserve credit for helping save my life. Unfortunately, they are too many to name, and, even more unfortunately, I do not even know the names of a great many of them. One name I do know, however, is Sidney Farber. Just as, other than my parents, Hank Aaron and Bart Starr were my childhood heroes, Dr. Farber is my most recent hero.
Dr. Farber is justifiably viewed as the father of modern-day chemotherapy. He was born in Buffalo NY in 1903 and passed from this world, a world he made a better place, in 1973. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Boston area is named part after this giant of a man. A pathologist by training, Dr. Farber’s passion and his unique and fortunate makeup forced him to reach outside the sphere of pathology and, in the late 1940s and beyond, into the realm of searching for a cure for childhood leukemia, through which he made ground-breaking strides in developing chemotherapy. His work met with more than limited success.
Dr. Farber also helped bring to life The Jimmy Fund, which in turn helped bring cancer research funding to the forefront of the American psyche. Dr. Farber was instrumental in turning social and political attention to the battle against cancer. Dr. Farber’s heroics are detailed in the wonderful book, The Emperor Of All Maladies. The world owes Dr. Farber and his vision a debt of gratitude.