The Patient Voice: Garth shares his cancer story for 24 Days of Giving

Posted December 12th, 2014 by

After Garth was diagnosed with cancer, he made a promise to his daughter Emma: he would write 826 napkin notes so she had one each day in her lunch until she graduated high school.

“In the beginning they never had a deep meaning. They were generally just notes of reminders. ‘I love you’ or ‘Have a good day.’ The notes took on a little different of a meaning after I was diagnosed with cancer. I recognized that I was looking at my legacy.”

Garth’s napkins are his personal legacy, but he also has a medical legacy – the health data he donates on PatientsLikeMe. This month, join Garth in 24 Days of Giving, a campaign centered around patients, driving medicine forward and making good things happen, together. Every piece of health data that is shared will contribute towards a $20,000 donation to Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island to help fund life-affirming wishes for seriously ill children.

If you’re already a member, add your data to 24 Days of Giving. If not, join PatientsLikeMe and see how your data can make a difference.

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3 Comments

  1. Do you think the books I self-published can be included in Patients Like Me like yours has? “Love, Life, & God: Getting Past the Pain” and “Creating a Meaningful Life After Disability: Posts From My Blog”.

  2. My prayers and best wishes to you and yours.
    You are brave and will do much good for others with your example.

  3. Garth,
    You continually amaze with your interviews, posts, and desire to help others. You inspire with your personal legacy in that beautiful “Napkin Notes” for Emma, and in sharing a medical legacy. Every bit of information shared can lead to helping both medical professionals and patients with treatment and research.
    May God help keep you in” good health” as you continue your battle with cancer. Your courage and insights help those who are ill and their families/care providers, as well as inspiring everyone else to live their best life sharing love.

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