Letter from a Cancer Patient

Aspens, Morning Rain
Aspens after Morning Rain (2004)

Received via email from a patient at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center:

Hi Robert,

First off I’d like to start by thanking you. I’m sure this will come as complete surprise to you, but you don’t know just how instrumental you have been in my recovery from cancer, AML (Leukemia) to be specific. I was diagnosed with Leukemia in June of last year and was treated at the UCSD cancer center.

Once I was able to leave my hospital room after 5 months of treatments, I came across Aspens After a Morning Rain in the Moores Cancer Center where I still get weekly treatments. I still sit in front of that picture which I believe you donated and put myself in a better place.

My Uncle has a log cabin out in Montana right in the Madison Valley which is surrounded by Aspens so it literally allowed me to escape to one of my most loved places on this planet. Anyone who has been through what I have been through knows just how important and instrumental things like that can be in one’s recovery, so again, I want to personally thank you for your role in my recovery. Not to say I couldn’t have done it without you, but you definitely helped.

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