PALS IN ACTION
“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.” – Plato
Linda Abrao became involved with PMP Pals through her sister Doris, a close friend of Pals' founder Gabriella Graham. After Doris passed away from colon cancer in 2008, Linda took over the Bare Bottom Bears program. She continues her involvement to honor the memory of both Doris and Gabriella. Linda is a breast cancer survivor.
Connie Anderson-Conrow is a PALS volunteer who lives in Florida with her husband Willie. She is semi-retired from healthcare and became involved with PMP PALS after her husband’s diagnosis in 2015. During his infusion treatments, he is well- known as “Capt. Chemo” for appearing in his superhero outfits. Connie regularly joins the HOPE ZOOM calls and participates in other supportive interactions for patients and caregivers. Her mantra, ” if I can help just _one person_, then I’ve done my job”.
James Caldwell lives in Northern Ireland and was diagnosed in 2014 with high-grade appendix cancer. James’ treatment included surgery and eight cycles of systemic chemotherapy. Except for post-treatment complications, including kidney failure and severe neuropathy, he has been disease-free since. James serves as one of the administrators for the Facebook PMP/appendix cancer support group and often joins the HOPE ZOOM calls. James is familiar with treatment at Blasingstoke and helps new patients understand what to expect with treatment in the United Kingdom. James is a member of the working group for rare cancers with the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC).
Mike Grattan is the IT support behind PMP Pals and helps with our web site, email, contact databases, and much, much more. Mike is also an IT Manager for a produce distributor in Salinas, California. Mike and his wife Angela have been integral to PMP Pals’ history by supporting its earliest web site, which so many remember, and by supporting and caring for Gabriella Graham throughout her final years.
Michael Healy lives in the Republic of Ireland. Michael is a co-administrator for the Facebook PMP/appendix cancer support group and frequently participates in the HOPE ZOOM calls. He was diagnosed with low grade appendiceal cancer/PMP and underwent surgery and HIPEC in 2011. Michael often shares photos of the gorgeous landscape near his home and his travels around the world, when not hobbled by Covid-19 restrictions.
Dawn Haskin was the caregiver to her husband, George, for 5 years until his passing from PMP in 2019. She journaled via a blogpost about the cancer journey they took together. Dawn loves to write and knows the importance of staying in touch. She recently began to assist PMP Pals by doing follow up thank you notes to our donors.
Misty Price is a PMP survivor since 2006 and a veteran Pal Mentor. Misty enjoys writing blogs that share information, hope, and support for our fellow patients and the caregivers working hard to manage new health concerns.