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Stories: Carol and Larry

"Giving to Swedish...reminds us how grateful we are for their care."

Carol and I have been married 29 years. We are both retired junior high math teachers. We have two children and six grandchildren and are blessed to see them often. Carol enjoys painting in watercolor and I enjoy time woodworking. 

Just over three years ago I was having increasing difficulty walking and was diagnosed with a pineal brain tumor. I was quickly referred to Swedish. Dr. Foltz, in his kind, personal, unassuming manner set me at ease as he talked with me about my tumor and what he was going to do to take care of it. Within a day, he operated and alleviated the pressure on my brain caused by the tumor. It was immediately apparent that the operation had succeeded in alleviating my symptoms. 

A year later, an MRI showed the tumor had visibly grown which necessitated another surgery. With amazing skill, Dr. Cobbs, another easy to talk with and knowledgeable doctor, removed most of the tumor from the very center of my brain near the brain stem. The next year, one gamma-knife treatment reduced what remained of the tumor still more. And now, three years and three operations later, my tumor is showing no new threat.

Carol and I cannot begin to express our thankfulness to all at Swedish and The Ivy Center for their care and professionalism through this time for us. The staff at Swedish have given us careful attention and shown us a level of concern which is unmatched by any other health care facility we have attended.

Carol and I have always given to church and charities. For us, giving monthly to Swedish to help The Ivy Center continue Dr. Foltz’ and Dr. Cobbs’ goal to find a cure for brain cancer and treat brain tumors was an easy choice. Writing a monthly check to the Swedish Foundation is a joy, and reminds us how grateful we are for their care.

Giving monthly is an easy and convenient way to suppport Swedish. It also ensures that we can count on you to provide quality, life-changing care. Learn more about monthly giving