Alana would have celebrated her 12th birthday on May 20. Since her death, we have been encouraged by the support and love of friends and the community, impressed by the dedication of medical researchers and amazed at the progress medical research has made. Last year, with family and friends, we returned to Seattle and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. A highlight of our visit was a morning spent with the dedicated researchers hearing about the innovative integration of technology and medical science. We were fascinated by the new research initiatives that have the potential to save lives. There is incredible hope.
While medical advances continue to be made, pain and suffering still plague us all. In the past year, the pain of two local families made the headlines – little Ryan Ma, unable to find a bone marrow match succumbed to cancer in June and Lani Nguyen who continues to search for a match for her two boys.
A plaque in the Listwin Courtyard at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center reads, “Pain and sorrow must not be the only outcome. Through Grace’s life a powerful addition to the fight against cancer is born.”
Pain and sorrow often drives the commitment to fight against cancer. However, it is our wish that you support the cause to eliminate cancer before having to personally endure its pain and sorrow.
Cancer is terribly debilitating and, often, fatal. This disease must be understood, treated and conquered. Your presence tonight is appreciated as we believe the elimination of pain and suffering will take the financial dedication and commitment of all of us.
Spencer & Erin Dung