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Letter: A Puzzling Omission

To the Editor:

I was pleased to read Carole Stashwick’s July 17 letter that described her “disappointment” about Kathryn Stearns’ commentary about the term “survivor” in the July 13 Sunday Valley News. I didn’t get that either. I appreciated Stashwick’s lovely tribute to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center’s work. I remember the honor of working in the presence of the extraordinary physicians and support staff when I had that privilege a number of years ago. Those dedicated people work to produce many “survivors” — more and more each year. But regardless of their incredible dedication and major innovations in medicine, some cancer patients still lose the “battle.” I find both terms quite apropos.

But this brings to mind another issue that I ponder now as a donor to both Norris Cotton and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. I receive notes thanking me for every donation but the letterhead on Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s note lists on the bottom the VA, the medical school, Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and maybe one other — but has no listing whatsoever to what they refer to in most of their other literature as “Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center.”

It pleases me that Dartmouth-Hitchcock seems to realize the gem in its midst; but why not list it on the letterhead so its correspondents might see it, too?

Judith Rocchio

Wilder

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