I was particularly affected by Dr. Richard Champlin's story ("With the Chernobyl Victims," July 6) because of my personal contact with him by phone during the last two years.
In 1984, my father's Midwest specialists diagnosed "aplastic anemia," a rare bone-marrow disease, but they were stumped and noncommittal. I was determined to find doctors and a facility familiar with the illness and ran up astronomical phone bills calling medical centers and teaching hospitals around the country.
The one doctor who returned my call was Dr. Champlin. Through his patient explanations and genuine interest, we finally got Dad into treatment. Dad's condition is deteriorating, but without the long-distance support of Champlin, he may not have fought those peaks and valleys to see another grandchild born and a son married.
Lillian Howerton Assenza