Sunday, June 7, 2009

Of Love and Support

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32. She beat it and now more than three decades later cherishes every day with friends and family.

Barbra Marcus Kolton wasn’t as lucky. A lifelong friend and one-time significant other, she passed in January 2001 days after celebrating her 30th birthday.

Strategic Communications Group’s (Strategic) work in the healthcare space can be measured in months, yet I’ve already developed an understanding of the importance of gallows humor. Our efforts are focused in the areas of chronic disease management and radiation oncology. The patients are sick and, in some instances, they don’t get better.

A constant that defines those in healthcare is an unwavering respect and honor of the value of life. We see it in our clients who toil for more than merely capital gain. And we see it in their patients who in the midst of a difficult time make it a priority to share their stories for the benefit of others.

This spirit was on display this past Saturday at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Washington, DC. I joined my family and a group of Strategic colleagues to participate in the event and show our support for the women struggling, living and overcoming this disease.

In the grand scheme, our contribution of time and money was modest. We were there though. I thought about my mom and about Barbra.

(Photos of the Hausmans: Marc, Hilary, Hunter and Landen)

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