(May 20, 2021)
So much of this work... so much of this life... can be so bittersweet – a blend of emotions that are sweet but also tinged with sadness.
When Pam TeGrotenhuis handed me an envelope of donations for the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund from her late husband Mark’s memorial... it was oh so bittersweet (as it is whenever I accept a memorial donation on behalf of SCCCF)!
Of course, I am thrilled at every act of generosity, kindness and compassion that allows SCCCF to continue to do it’s simple but important work, but I am saddened when such acts are in any way related to the loss of life. And yet I realize it may have been quite meaningful for Mark as it may be for those who knew and loved him!
Pam would explain, “Mark worked as a maintenance man for the Oostburg School District and could fix almost anything. I like to think that his wish to give money to SCCCF received in his memory would maybe “fix” or help someone with financial needs during their battle with cancer!
“He always felt he was getting the best care with Dr. Bettag and his entire staff. My thanks to everyone who took such compassionate care of Mark throughout the last year!”
Thank you Mark! And thank you Pam and all who donated in Mark’s memory!
Here is a link to Mark’s obituary: