Research Foundation of America’s
“Celebration of Life” Ball
honored, humbled and thrilled to be the REAL
LIVE patient who, on behalf of the many who continue to live,
enjoy life, and thrive, presents you with the
Evelyn Hoffman Memorial Award. I am very
proud that the LRFA is honoring you. I believe that its founder, Ellen
Cohen, would have been very proud also.
You shared a deep mutual respect as you both have worked so
hard to make strides in fighting lymphoma.
As a Ron
Levy idiotype antibody vaccine graduate (May 1995 - November 1995) or
as I call the vaccine graduates, I wanted to add my personal
endorsement and express my appreciation for your influence on my life.
Luke 5:31 reads, “Those
who are healthy do not need a physician, but those who are ailing
do”. I certainly needed YOU!
gave me HOPE. It can mean
trust, reliance; desire accompanied with expectation of what is
desired or belief that it is attainable; one on whom hopes are
centered; a source of hopeful expectation, or promise; something that
is hoped for, or an object of hope. The Hebrew root verb qa·wah', from which
come terms rendered “hope,” basically means “wait for” with
eager expectation. Your vaccine therapy offered this gift to me when
there seemed to be no hope for healing.
“official” first meeting, five years after receiving the idiotype
vaccine, was a pleasant surprise and personal vindication of my choice
in therapy. You are such a humble man, so honest, and quiet. I was
quite surprised when I met you. I expected you to have an ego the size
of your reputation. For this reason, I expected that you would be
unapproachable, distant, and too busy to be interested in ME. Your
manner and demeanor are further testimonies of how remarkable you are
as a human being.
you are my personal hero. I feel that you handed me life again. When I
tried to credit you for this, your reply to this praise was to make
little of your contribution and credit my "zest for life" as
the magic ingredient. Only time will tell if you and the Levy Lab Rats
have found the long-term cure for NHL. At least, you have found a key
to the extension of life....and as a living, breathing lab rat, I pray
that you have, indeed, found the cure!!!
for taking time to consider this letter. My continued praise for your
dedication, effort and outstanding service to the lymphoma
and Gratitude from myself and family,
540 Gary Court
Redding, CA 96002-3144