Freeman helps cancer patient see grandchildren one last time

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“I don’t worry about counting the days. I just make the days count”
Freeman helps cancer patient see grandchildren one last time

JOPLIN, Mo.–Knowing her life is coming to an end hasn’t robbed Marion Stone of the ability to reflect upon her blessings. Her life, the 84-year-old Joplin resident said, has been beautiful and bountiful–full of laughter and full of love. Though cancer has taken many things from her, gratitude is not one of them.

“God has been so good to me,” she said. “I don’t think of this illness as my journey–life is my journey. This is simply a detour I didn’t expect. I don’t worry about counting the days. I just make the days count.”

Stone was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in June. This detour in life brought her to Ginger Brown, Freeman Cancer Institute Social Worker, who worked with Stone and her family to arrange for end-of-life care. Through their many conversations, Stone conveyed to Brown her desire to see her grandchildren in Washington one last time. Recognizing the opportunity to make a life-altering impact on a patient and her family, Brown set out to make a family reunion possible. Her efforts eventually led her to Dream Foundation, a national organization that strives to grant final wishes of adults suffering from life-limiting illnesses. Through their assistance, Stone will be reconnected to her two adult grandchildren, Jeremy and Ashley Cook, one last time.

Stone and her grandchildren will be available to speak with the media on Tuesday, August 20. Please contact Christen Stark, Freeman Interim Marketing Director, to schedule an interview.

Stone is the third individual Freeman has connected with Dream Foundation to improve their quality of life in ways beyond what medicine can provide. Freeman is currently working with two additional patients in hopes of making their dreams a reality.

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