The Saralee and Carol Foundation
June 30, 2009
I was Saralee's principal care assistant for the last years of her illness, and remember the first day she and I and our daughter Terry met Dr. DelPriore and were heartened by his hopefulness for combating SL's condition. (As I recall, we went immediately afterward to see the current Harry Potter movie.)
Saralee fought long and hard, and amazed the doctors at how her body recovered in the last weeks from internal arterial damage they thought would be fatal. Up till near the end, I was sure she would pull through somehow, but she talked with me and asked what I would do in similar circumstances, and I had the distinct impression she was tiring of the fight and was ready to give in. I assured her that I'd support whatever she chose to do.
In all this, the one ongoing villain was the Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurers who kept denying medication that was clearly working positively. It is intolerable that such number jockeys could interfere with the patient management of Dr. DelPriore's brilliant standing .. surely one of the key oncological researchers living today.
It is vital for the work of the Saralee and Carol Foundation to go forward, in sync, so to speak, with other such organizations. The grievous health care mess that exists in America must be improved, and let us hope we at last have the President who will bring this about.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the committed efforts of my daughter and her best friend Dara, daughter of our titular Carol.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
step down for my daughter Terry to do so.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the ability to raise awareness and help engender action to frustrate the evil practices of the health insurance sector.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
my daughter, and the other board members, most of whom are important people in my life.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Help many people and hopefully bury some of the health insurance monsters, beginning with the vile Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield pesthole.
Ways to make it better...
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
Funding, public awareness, President Obama taking more active steps.
One thing I'd also say is that...
I rather think Saralee, and probably Carol, check in periodically to see how we're doing, and I think they like what they're finding.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Board Member & The most recent thing I've done is survive laprascopic surgery.