Mary Joanne Grace
My dear wife Mary passed away on June 4, 2020. She was diagnosed in December 2007 with a rare form of leukemia called Hairy Cell Leukemia (HCL). The standard chemo treatment at the time proved ineffective. Mary contacted the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda Maryland and was able to enroll in a HCL clinical trial. When the clinical trial effectiveness diminished she was enrolled in a second and then a third clinical trial. During the trials it was discovered Mary had a variant that made her treatment much more difficult. Mary and I were married almost 50 years and have three children and 6 grandchildren. She was a registered nurse who had worked in both a hospital and home care setting. Mary was a person of faith and fought her disease valiantly. She never complained about being a cancer patient. People sometimes commented that she never acted sick. Mary set a remarkable example of how to live a good and meaningful life while dealing with cancer.
I encourage everyone to support the NFCR and/or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This will honor Mary and help those dealing with cancer now and in the future.