Friday, August 22, 2008

Where dreams come true

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - Tonight I attended the dedication ceremony for the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center patient care with Foundation staffer Julie Pack and Vera Bradley staffer Scott Hoeppner. Indiana State Senator Tom Wyss was also there – his wife was treated at the cancer center by the same doctors I was.

What a magnificent structure! The $150 million building combines the latest in cancer therapies in one location and provides resources designed to make cancer care less stressful for the patient and their loved ones and officially opens to inpatients August 27. Every dollar that the Foundation raises goes towards our $10 million pledge to the center.

In a moving ceremony, Bren Simon was honored for her work. A staggering woman, Simon is a true testament to what you can accomplish through hard work and dedication. She is a true model – selfless, generous – and has the unique ability to recognize the needs of others and works toward making their lives better. Bren and her husband Melvin Simon also established the $25 million Joshua Max Simon Cancer Research Fund in honor of their son, and pour their efforts into their charity the Simon Youth Foundation.

Thank you, Simon family for your work and for this gift you’ve given us through the cancer center. Your doors are the ones I walked through for my own treatment, and speaking on behalf of all of the center’s patients and families – We love you!

Me and Dr. Robert Goulet, my breast surgeon

Me, Julie and Scott

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