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Community leaves messages of hope, faith and spirit on walls of hospital’s new oncology center

Posted: January 12, 2013 - 8:52pm  |  Updated: January 12, 2013 - 9:45pm
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Lila Ann Krohn, of Soldotna, reads quotes on a wall in what will be the Central Peninsula Hospital's radiation oncology clinic Saturday Jan.  12, 2013 in Soldotna, Alaska. The Central Peninsula Foundation sponsored the "Written in Stone" event to cover the walls with inspirational messages and quotes which will be printed in a book and given to patients who are treated in the new building.   Krohn wrote in memory of her brother who died of cancer last year.   Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion
Lila Ann Krohn, of Soldotna, reads quotes on a wall in what will be the Central Peninsula Hospital's radiation oncology clinic Saturday Jan. 12, 2013 in Soldotna, Alaska. The Central Peninsula Foundation sponsored the "Written in Stone" event to cover the walls with inspirational messages and quotes which will be printed in a book and given to patients who are treated in the new building. Krohn wrote in memory of her brother who died of cancer last year.

Lila Ann Krohn’s words, like so many others scribbled on the concrete walls of the partially-finished radiation oncology building at Central Peninsula Hospital, are both deeply personal and painful for her to explain.

“Keep your smile, laughter, courage and positive attitude during this fight with cancer. Let them always be a part of you,” she wrote.

Others left portions of scriptures, quotes, messages to loved ones who had lost their battles with cancers or survived and each will be left on the walls of the radiation oncology building as part of the “Written in Stone” project that started Saturday.

“I remember my brother and I walking in the rain when we were kids and we would shake tree branches to have another whole rain storm on both of us,” Krohn said, her eyes filling with tears. The quote she wrote, Krohn said, was a reference to that memory.

The new oncology center will allow Peninsula residents to travel to Soldotna for treatment instead of making the trek to Anchorage.

Krohn, who has been fighting her own battle with cancer, said she was lucky she was ‘on the mend.’

“During my term of going through treatment, I had to travel back and forth to Anchorage,” Krohn said. “I’m lucky enough that I could afford it, but many people can’t. There are people who drive up and back on the same day they have their treatment. It’s very taxing on your body.”

Jeanette Rodgers, of Soldotna, wrote a message she was hoping would inspire cancer patients.

“Believe, live every day like you mean it. Believe that anything is possible,” she wrote in large blue letters on the concrete wall as her husband held a flashlight over her shoulder for light.

“I haven’t had anybody really close to me with cancer,” she said. “But we’ve had some difficult times and I just wanted to write something inspirational that will make somebody think that anything really is possible.”

While the messages will eventually be covered during the next phase of construction, Central Peninsula Hospital Foundation director Kathy Gensel said each message would be written in a book that the foundation would give to patients that come through the center for treatment.

Still, Gensel said she hoped the original writing would be in place for a long time.

As Rodgers stepped back and surveyed her handiwork she echoed Krohn’s sentiments that a cancer treatment center on the Peninsula would ease the burden on patients and their families.

“It’s hard enough if you have a life-threatening thing in your environment, that you have to pick up and drive to Anchorage does not help,” she said. “You’re out of your home environment, don’t have the support of your family and friends. You can’t move your family up there.”

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Watchman on the Wall 01/13/13 - 09:39 am
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Many have gone before us

Very Good article. Many friends & family have gone before me here on the Kenai alone. Co workers, father in law close friends and brothers & sisters in Christ Jesus, many have died, many have not. Then there are all the above mentioned who don't live here that are affected, alive as well as dead.
Cancer is one of the MAJOR medical problems here on the Kenai per capita, more so than any other illness i do believe and if a national survey was done i would say the Kenai wins in this illness battle, not that we want to be winners in this.
Is it because of all the contaminantes in the water and air from many past and present MANMADE causes? Is it these things along with the genetically altered foods and drinks we digest non stop now globally, or by chance all the many differant medical injections to ward off illness, MANMADE, the cause?
Who knows for sure, but, i would venture to say that all the above are in part due to the massive number of people we have come down with cancer here and nationally.
Every year my wife does the cancer walk and collects major funds, as well as places illuminaries out for all departed as well as surviving cancer friends & family. We really don't know how many of our friends have cancer, but, i agree prayer is one of the most powerful tools afforded us and it's FREE. Do we always get what we pray for? No, but, if we truly believe in whom we pray to then we know that everythings gonna be ok in the end, either in life or death. It's called the Blessed Hope.
We just had a sister in Christ go home to be with her Lord and Savior due to cancer on Dec 28, Fran Tofflemire. Fran battled for many years, but, after she gave her life to Christ, her only eternal Hope, the peace of her situtation was an amazing thing to see and she was ready & at total peace when she lost this earthly fight and took up her eternal victory over death, hell and the grave.
We never know when we might be the next one called and will you be able or ready to have Hope and prayers to sustain you no matter what?
Nothing like a Believers True Hope and Change to Believe in compared to this world hope & change the believe in.
Prayers do work, even if they don't always sustain life . Never give up in this fight against humanity and the desire to destroy us all and use that most powerful tool of Prayer to God in this daily fight, it does work.
Thanks for the article.

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