On behalf of the UCI Clinical Cancer Center faculty and staff, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for your tribute to Maria Flores.
Medical professionals and care givers face the difficult burden of losing terminally ill patients continually; yet when confronted by the loss of a courageous patient--particularly a young child--the strain is all the more profound.
Your acknowledgement of Maria's uncommon bravery and attitude was a great comfort to her family, friends, and care givers. Indeed, they will treasure both the June article and September memorial tribute.
Thank you again for your sensitivity and understanding.
FRANK K. MEYSKENS JR., MD, FACP,