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Voicemail Series: A Woman’s Battle With Cancer Galvanizes A Community

Rick Colson of Watertown, MA left this voicemail for us describing the kindness of his neighbors during one of the most trying times in his life - his wife’s battle with cancer. His story is at once moving, heartbreaking, and uplifting. My words give his story no justice. I’ll let him do the talking.


My wife was diagnosed with an environmentally related form of breast cancer many years ago and she passed away about two years ago. And after her diagnosis it became clear that one of the things that was going to be vital to try and help keep her well was a supply of good, quality organic foods. A neighbor from town during the time that my late wife was ill came by once a month with a little bag inside of which was a $500 gift certificate to Whole Foods. I can’t even begin to tell you the impact that this had on us. Month after month after month it allowed her to have the best nutrition she could find, the organic foods that she needed. And unfortunately her illness overcame her and she did ultimately pass away, but I will forever be grateful to the neighbors who did this for us – without being asked, entirely on their own, unselfishly. And I only wish there were more people like that in this world.