In the past month, I heard from two former patients. I helped these patients with cutting-edge cancer treatments decades ago. One of the patients had very little chance of surviving but here he is today, exchanging email messages with me 30 years of birthday celebrations and loving life later. The other patient had an odd form of cancer 20 years ago. She sent me an email to thank me for treating her, and to let me know that a young family member had developed the same cancer at the same age.

It gives me great pleasure to know that I made a difference in their lives. This motivates me to do even more, like serving on the board of the American Cancer Society and creating the UC Davis Health System team for their Relay for Life on April 13.

Please join the UC Davis Health System Relay for Life team, or consider a donation to the team, by visiting http://bit.ly/YnO9Yg.