March 30 was National Doctors’ Day, and many patients and families expressed gratitude for the outstanding and compassionate care they received at the OSUCCC – James. Here we share a sample of the messages.

To: Dr. Blakaj

We are so extremely grateful for all the staff at The James. Feb. 10, 2016, is the date kidney cancer was diagnosed. It has forever changed our lives, as have all of you. We are so thankful that we have had your guidance, care, wisdom, expertise, humor, availability and support all this time. We will continue to fight on and battle, and we know we are in the best care. We pray for all of you and will continue to pray for cures and miracles. We have hope!

From: The P. Family

To: Dr. Benson

As I approach my 10-year diagnosis anniversary, I am so thankful (as always!) for you and the fabulous team at The James. It’s been an interesting and sometimes challenging ride, but I keep hope alive thanks to you and my God. Bless you as you continue to reach for a cure. Love you!

From: Teresa P.

To: Dr. Carrau and Dr. Prevedello

Two years ago, you treated and saved my mom of a brain tumor in her olfactory nerve. After two complicated surgeries, radiation and a stay in the hospital because of the radiation side effects, she emerged from it all very weak and sad—as to be expected from a 78-year-old battling her third cancer. But last Dec. 24, we celebrated her 80th birthday! She is such a beautiful gift to our family, and I can’t thank you enough for the tender loving care you showed her and our family during this battle. I thank you for speaking to us in “normal” language that we could always understand. I thank you for looking us in the eye when you talked to us and showing you really care. Thank you for your years of diligent practice that allowed you the skills/abilities to perform the surgery through her nose—amazing! Most of all, thank you for being professional and caring at the same time.

From: Julie B.

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