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a lifetime of helping others

The Elkes Foundation is pleased to help fund the GRACE pancreatic cancer area in honor of Ruth Elkes. She spent her life volunteering and helping others, including participating in clinical trials through her battle with pancreatic cancer. We would also like to remember the devotion and support given to her by her husband, Terrence Elkes, and hope that this site can serve as a resource for patients and their caregivers alike.

Dr. Jack West, GRACE faculty members and moderators

I am new to Grace and wish to express my profound gratitude to the extraordinary efforts of the faculty members and moderators who work tirelessly and compassionately to educate and support individuals and family members dealing with cancer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Heidi "Chaya" Goldstein-Christensen and family

To My Sister

My sister in law, Debra, drove from Chicago to my home in St Louis for over two years to care for me when I was sick, clean my house, and cook for my family while I was undergoing treatment. I was diagnosed shortly after moving from California so I had no support. As soon as my husband told Debbie of my diagnosis, she was here. I truly do not think that many people would put their entire life on hold to take care of someone they did not really know. We will never be able to repay her or say thank you enough. She is the sister I never had and my best friend. Thanks Deb

Oncologist and friend to my mom

This tribute honors my Mom's oncologist, Dr. Macapinlac. At a time when my family needed words of knowledge and comfort, Dr. Mac delivered. He is knowledgeable, compassionate, professional, caring, and just a wonderful and good person. Dr. Mac was a blessing to us during our battle and we are sure he continues to be a blessing in the lives of his patients and their families. Although the battle for our loved one has ended, we could not have begun to fight without Dr. Mac in our corner. We thank him for all he did for us.

Always on my mind

This is in honor of my husband Eric. He fought such a brave fight. He taught so many how to live, really live! and he never gave in to the disease, he went on his own terms when he was ready! No treatment was ever too much for him, he faced it all head-on and fought so hard up to the last day of his life. He did clinical trails, and kept right on living until it was the right time for him to let go... I will miss him every minute of every day until we meet again.

Melissa Peterson - The Hippest Person to Ever Square Off Against Lung Cancer

This is a tribute to Creature's first employee and honorary founder, Melissa Peterson. My partner, Jim, and I (Matt, her husband) could never have gotten off the ground in 2002 without her (or look like the cool indie rock band that we do in this picture). She helped us set the culture of our company that carries on today. Have fun, be nice and make friends. Don't stress out! It's advertising, for Pete's sake. Melissa, we all love you and miss you. Your spirit is undefeatable. You rock, and a big champagne Friday toast to you! Love, Creature

To Honor the Life of My Mom

This tribute is to honor the life of my Mom, Phyllis, who transitioned from this world on Aug 30. She fought this disease with dignity, spiritual fortitude, humor and grace; traits she exhibited her entire life. My Mom was and will always be remarkable. I love you ma and I will miss you.

In loving memory

At age 8 or 9, I heard a meteor shower was going to be visible after midnight. My Dad woke up at 5 am to commute to work, but he still took me to a park that night. I gazed at the sky for an hour and a half, but didn't see a single meteor. "Have you seen any shooting stars?" my Dad asked. I told a white lie, "Yes, I think I saw one." I didn't want him to think he took time out of his busy schedule for nothing. I'm not sure he believed me. Looking back on that moment and my Dad's life, I realize I was in fact telling the truth - there was a shooting star with me the

Remembering Marth Mercure

A woman as lovely inside and out such as Martha will never be forgotten. She touched us with her grace, wisdom and humor and will be missed.