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May 15, 2011

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May 15, 2011

I first got involved with Compassion & Choices (then Compassion In Dying) when my mom was ill, about 10 years ago. I was so impressed with the support she received that I decided to volunteer on the local board, where I am now co-chair of the board.

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The support my mom received was incredible! When she was terminally ill, the volunteers came to see her several times, and told her what she could do to control her death. She died a regular death (from her illness) but did so with a sense of dignity.

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April 22, 2011
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April 22, 2011
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My first introduction to the board members of Compassion and Choices of Northern California was most impressive. Having served on boards where the sole function was fund-raising and their sole goal was to have good times raising those funds...I immediately knew that C&C was different.
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the doctors on the board, but the health professionals and people (like myself) with no letters after their names, were deeply passionate about the cause. Their goal was to actually help people in distress (free of charge) as well as to spread the word that help was available, and one didn't have to die a painful, undignified, horrible death.
I saw that happen with my parents and I realize the unnecessary agony they endured. How wonderful that end-of-life choice is today a reality, and available to so many who would otherwise suffer needlessly.

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my own family life, and the lives of friends.

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not make any great changes. We're going in the right directions, and we're working hard to increase public awareness.

February 27, 2009
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February 27, 2009
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I was so pleased to be introduced to this organization who are effectively and efficiently dealing with an issue so dear to my heart. Contributing to this organisation, with both time and money, is one of the most rewarding things in my life. Compassion & Choices are the one organisation that advocates for individual autonomy and dignity through choices at the end of life AND for changes to the law across the country to increase the information and choices available to patients. My grandmother was able to make her own decisions regarding her death from cancer, and she died on her own terms at home with her family around her - it was truly a good death and one I wish everyone could emulate. C&C works to empower patients so that the medical system is more helpful and responsive to the dying. When someone is terminally ill it is an immense comfort to them (and their loved ones) to know that they can make the important decisions about the end of their life.

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defending and implementing the Oregon law and then replicating it in Washington. Developing legislation nation wide to improve end of life care and increase knowledge and choices for dying patients. Helping individuals realize their end of life wishes.

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The people, the stories, the power of change.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Launch a national media campaign to increase awareness of end of life issues and generate a conversation amongst individuals about their choices and a debate across the country about our rights.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 18, 2009

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February 18, 2009

C&C has had a remarkable track record of success in helping patients, educating legislators, press and the public, and pushing for legislation that will permit Aid-in-Dying. The Washington victory this past November is a wonderful step forward, and supporters should feel very confident their contributions are being very well used.

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service to clients and in legislative change.

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the quality of the staff and the results they've achieved.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

thoughtful, professional and sympathetic to views of others (including opponents).

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand services and legislative initiatives in more areas of the country.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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