Why We Give

Why We Give

When you meet Ed and Sharon Klawansky, the first thing you notice is their devotion to each other. You see it in their eyes, their easy laughter and the way they can’t wait to tell you something great about the other one. They understand what it means to be a team, facing life’s hurdles together. Having this attitude was never more necessary than when Ed was diagnosed in 2010 with stage II esophageal cancer. His primary care physician insisted that Ed and Sharon choose the multidisciplinary approach at St. Joseph Cancer Institute. There, they joined another team, just as devoted and caring as they are.

“First off, they saved my life, pure and simple. They immediately came up with the winning treatment plan and executed it perfectly but it was how they did it that is so exceptional,” says Ed. “Because of its reputation we expected excellent medicine from the Cancer Institute but it was the ‘warm fuzzies’ that were the true difference,” adds Sharon. “Because of the severity of his treatment and surgery Ed was in St. Joe’s for quite a long time. We felt like we had family members taking care of us every step of the way.”

“It’s very frightening to be diagnosed with any cancer but at St. Joseph we just felt surrounded by love,” adds Ed. “Besheret,” a Yiddish word, means destiny. The Klawanskys believe that is what brought them together 32 years ago and “it’s certainly what sent us to St. Joseph” Sharon quietly finishes.

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