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.
For three and a half years I have been on a cancer roller coaster. For three years Gleevec managed to halt tumor growth. Periodically, though, elevated liver enzymes caused me to be taken off the medicine. I was the “On-Again Off-Again Man” of the Life Raft Group.