Here are some photos from the Connective Tissue Oncology Society (CTOS) in Montreal in 2004. Check out the photos below:
Bernie and Bracha Kaplan, at the first Life Raft Group gathering in Boston, Mass., May, 2002. It was a shock to learn that Bernie Kaplan, the “On Again, Off Again” man, lost his fight against GIST. There had been so many scares but each one had been followed by a sigh of relief from his family and friends.
Pamela Bowden, figure skater, dancer, and lifetime Citibank employee, died Aug. 30, 2004, nearly five years after being diagnosed with GIST. Daughter of the late Alfred F. and Emily C. Bowden, Pamela was 54 and lived in Garden City, New York.
Life is the type of gift that once given, it is up to the recipient to form and use it as they choose. Although everyone’s life path is different, in every life there are pleasures, joys and sadness.
No matter how rocky the road, Carol never lost her sense of humor. I could count on her emails to be a bright relief in the midst of bad news. We both continued to search the web for help and information.Neither of us suspected a group had formed under the ACOR umbrella, all of them either LMS patients or caretakers.
I am a 62-year-old urologic surgeon who has lived in Washington, D.C. since 1977. I have been happily married to my wife, Cathy, for 20 years. As chairman of a department of urology at a local hospital, I have administrative, teaching, research and patient responsibilities. My medical practice is primarily limited to patients with genitourinary cancers.
In the summer of 2001, Mike Matthews is dying. He becomes part of a small group of cancer patients whose gastrointestinal stromal tumors dramatically respond to an experimental drug, STI571. The tumors that were about to take his life begin to shrink until they are more than 80 percent gone.