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A Personal Story

June 08, 2005

Re "Drug CEO's Business Becomes Personal," June 1: I read the article with my heart pounding, tears welling, eager to get to the end to see if, in fact, a viable treatment or cure has been found for multiple myeloma. My husband, Steve, had the exact journey as Richard Brewer -- same symptoms, same doctor at City of Hope, same stem cell treatment -- but his remission lasted only two years. He died in December 2003, five years after diagnosis.

Kudos to Brewer and researcher Linda Higgins and her team for their perseverance and to Johnson & Johnson for picking up the ball. How encouraging and hopeful for all those multiple myeloma patients out there! Hang in there each and every one of you!

Lillian Saroian

Calabasas

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