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Trudy Dura, Fargo, Published January 11 2014

Letter: Letter clouds rays of sunshine

Regarding the Dec. 31 letter, “We should take care of our own” by Karen Beltran:

Apparently, Beltran hasn’t had a member of her immediate family battling cancer. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. My suggestion is she give her children a lesson in compassion and visit the Roger Maris Cancer Center.

Unfortunately, I’ve had firsthand experience. In October 2006, my granddaughter, who was 8 years old at the time, was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia. Two and a half years of chemotherapy, the loss of hair, unable to keep food down, asking her parents if she was going to die, attending funerals of some of her young friends, etc.

I have visited the Children’s Cancer Clinic when she was receiving her chemotherapy. Hannah was old enough to know she had cancer, which doesn’t make it any easier, but think of the babies and toddlers unable to express their hurts, not knowing what is wrong? I’m happy to say my granddaughter has been in remission for seven years. She is now a beautiful 16-year-old.

Hannah did receive a Make-A-Wish. Her wish was to swim with the dolphins. Make-A-Wish made that possible, but she would have traded that trip in a heartbeat not to have had cancer. I think you could ask any of the families and they would say the same.

So if children with cancer and their families have just one ray of sunshine or happiness going to Disney World, I say more power to it. God bless organizations such as Make-A-Wish for their love and support.

As for Beltran’s letter, a wise person once said, “consider the source.”