Thank You, and Charities

A message from at 10:11pm about Dad, Life Events, Lung Cancer. 1 response.

We would like to thank everyone who sent condolences, flowers, and gifts. We are in the process of writing proper thank you cards, but I wanted to let everyone know that we appreciate your support.

To reiterate what Peter said earlier, Dad was clearly loved by many and will be missed.

Several of you have asked if there were any charities you could donate to in Dad’s memory. Here they are:

Tzu Chi Foundation
This is the Buddhist organization that led the funeral service. They do a lot of relief work all over the world.

Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE)
GRACE was an enormously helpful resource for us as we learned about lung cancer and researched different treatment options for Dad. It’s a relatively new foundation and could definitely use your support.

Wisconsin Parkinson Association
Many of you know that Dad also suffered from Manganism, a neurological disorder similar to Parkinson’s Disease. He had actually been mis-diagnosed for many years, but Dr. Nausieda at the Wisconsin Parkinson Association made the correct diagnosis and began a treatment plan that improved Dad’s quality of life greatly. We are very grateful to him and the Wisconsin Parkinson Association.

Thank you all again for your kindness and generosity.


Dad: 3/15/54 – 3/17/2009

A message from at 3:04pm about Dad, Life Events, Lung Cancer. 1 response.

Dad passed away shortly after 12 o’clock noon today.

He left very peacefully with the whole family gathered around.  A service will be held on Saturday, March 21st at Zwaska Funeral Home on Bradley Rd in Milwaukee.

Thank you to everyone for your continued love and support.  Dad was loved by many and will be greatly missed.


An Update from Milwaukee

A message from at 10:37am about Dad, Lung Cancer. 4 responses.

Hi all,

I was hoping my dad would give you an update himself, but that looks unlikely at this point. I know some of you rely mainly on this page for updates.

My parents left Atlanta four days after my dad’s last post, arriving home late on February 26. The following Monday they visited their local oncologist who said that my dad’s liver function was insufficient to sustain any more treatment and suggested hospice. My dad was enrolled in hospice the following day.

Since then, dad has declined steadily. Hospice has been wonderful, helping to keep his pain well managed and preparing us for what lies ahead. Our nurse gave us a copy of Final Gifts, which we have all been reading.

Dad celebrated his 55th birthday yesterday. We had cake and balloons.

Based on my dad’s physical and mental condition, our nurse estimated that we have maybe a week left.