Historically, Thanksgiving in the United States marks the first harvest feast in 1621 between the Pilgrims and Native Americans in the New World.  While history took some less than wonderful turns after that, symbolically that feast represented a moment when people gathered to be thankful for the bounty of what was provided from the earth to feed them, and acknowledge how lucky they were to reap those benefits.

Turkey and stuffing aside, modern day Thanksgiving does give us the opportunity to reflect on what we as individuals—and in the collective—can be thankful for, despite living in a complicated and sometimes frightening world.  It gives us pause to acknowledge that there really are many wonderful things happening—many of which happen out of the dedication and goodness of individual human efforts.  We want to take just a few minutes to share what we are thankful for as we head into the next year.

“I’m thankful for our dedicated Patient Power team. My colleagues inspire me every day, as we work toward our goal of providing patients and their loved ones with empowering information.” ~Thea

As the stewards of Patient Power, we are thankful for the opportunity to do work every day that positively impacts the lives of good people.  We realize that getting huge "psychic rewards" from our everyday job is a real gift that we do not take for granted.

I’m so grateful to work with an amazing group that works hard and laughs hard all while helping patients. I feel so fortunate and love my work family! ~Gina

We are thankful for staff members (all of them!) who are as passionate about our mission as we are—they build deep relationships, produce meaningful and useful content, and lend support and encouragement to patients and care partners in everything they do. 

“I’m grateful to work in a field that positively impacts the lives of others. Meeting and hearing from patients at in-person events is the most rewarding part of working at Patient Power. I’m also thankful to be surrounded by colleagues that I’ve worked and collaborated with for most of my adult life.” ~Jamie

We are thankful for the amazing patient and care partner advocates who give selflessly of their time and energy to host programs, make connections to their grassroots contacts so we can better reach underserved populations, provide peer support, and raise their voices when proposed legislation may impact patients and their loved ones in a less than optimal way. They truly are the bedrock of all we do.

We are thankful for all the researchers, clinicians and healthcare workers who dedicate their lives to finding a cure for cancer, and short of that, never waver in their efforts to ease the pain and fear that a diagnosis and journey through treatment can bring.

“I’m thankful for the interconnectivity of our global team, our growing footprint and impact in the lives of cancer patients and their families.”  ~Tamara

We are thankful for all the organizations that collaborate with us to find innovative ways to reach and support individuals and families in need of a wide variety of services.  Patient Power can only do so much as a devoted but relatively small company—it is the power of collaborative efforts that continue to grow the scale of assistance and support.

On a more personal level, we thank modern medicine that has given us as a couple 32 years and counting together—with Andrew as a two-time cancer survivor—living most days with lots of energy and feeling positive about the future.

We are so grateful to our now-grown children who have always been incredible supporters of the work we do as well as "cheerleaders" through periods of cancer treatment.  We especially take great joy in seeing our daughter, Ruthie, embrace the work she does for patients through The Cancer Connection on Facebook—a thriving community of those affected by cancer with whom Ruthie interacts and supports every working day. 

We are thankful for our extended family and friends who have always encouraged us to keep going…to keep using our personal experience combined with our entrepreneurial spirit to continually widen the circle of those who we touch with the information and emotional support our staff and collaborating experts strive to provide.

“I feel blessed to be able hold a full-time job doing work that makes a difference in people's lives. I am thankful for my fiancé, our new house that we were able to remodel and our puppy. We are very fortunate to have all of this at a young age and I try to remember that every day, but especially around this time of the year!”  ~Theresa

Lastly, I think it is safe to say that we are thankful for having each other along this sometimes bumpy but exciting road.  Doing any of this alone would be no fun at all—and we are so very glad that medical science and a lot of "chutzpah" has allowed us to keep moving forward.

“I am thankful for my four healthy boys and the opportunity to work in a field that is very rewarding!”  ~Ashley 

Our staff wanted to share what they, too are thankful for—and their voices are a gift…

“I have much to be thankful forhealth, family, friendsbut I am especially thankful that I will be able to see my brother for Thanksgiving, after not being able to celebrate together for nearly two decades. It’s going to be a great holiday!” ~Chris 

“I am thankful for my beautiful four children and the everyday blessings and joy they bring.”  ~Autumn

From all of us at Patient Power, we wish you and yours a peaceful and healthy holiday!

Andrew and Esther Schorr

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