Message from Executive Director Emeritus: Alan Sugiyama

Accompanied by his two daughters, Alysa (left) and Mari (right), Al leaves his latest doctor's appointment with good news that his cancer is shrinking.

Accompanied by his two daughters, Alysa (left) and Mari (right), Al leaves his latest doctor's appointment with good news that his cancer is shrinking.

Hi everyone,

"As promised, I wanted to provide you with an update of my condition. First of all, I want to thank all of you for the emails, cards, gifts, flowers, food, lunches, dinners, and hot chocolate! A special thank you to all of you who prayed, chanted, and sent positive thoughts my way. I appreciate it very much, but more importantly it has had a positive effect on my treatment. Another special shout-out goes to Marci, Vivian, Chan, and the entire EDI Board of Directors for their support and covering up for me.

On October 17, 2014, after five tests and numerous doctor visits, I was diagnosed with two types of cancer: pancreas and esophagus. Immediately, I went into chemotherapy and continued to work half-time, until I officially retired on February 28, 2015. As of now, I'm extremely happy to report that:

  • Further tests show I only have esophagus cancer that actually spread to the pancreas. This is wonderful news as it opens up additional options for me.
  • The cancer in both areas continue to shrink. In fact, the cancer on the pancreas is at baseline or a '1'. The cancer in the esophagus went from a size '19' to a '3'.

Currently, I am continuing my chemotherapy. I'm not out of the woods yet, but I know with your continued support and love, I will live into my 90's! Once again, thank you all. As usual, feel free to email me at home at asugiyama@comcast.net and let me know how you are doing."


 

Please join Al for 'Al Appreciation Day' on September 13, 2015 from 3:00 PM -5:30 PM at Blaine Methodist Church. No cost, no gifts, and it's open to all. 


For more information, please email ThankYouAl@aol.com.

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