Jacob Kinski presents first donation check to Mary Alfrey,
at Cedar Valley Hospice, Waterloo, Iowa.

A Great Read... and a Boost for Hospice!


       I'm sure many of my readers are familiar with the Hospice Care program and the essential services they provide in their respective communities, but for those who are not, please allow me to share a very personal experience.

       In 2001, my beloved wife and soul mate was stricken with lung cancer for which she underwent surgery.  We thought they got it all, but as is all too often the case, the cancer had metastasized.  Then, in June of 2004, she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.  She underwent surgery again in July of that year, which left her paralyzed on her left side and in need of 24-hour care.  Despite the radiation treatments and drug regimen, her condition was terminal.

       At first, I was able to handle the awesome task of taking care of her at home, but as time went on, having to work with very little sleep took its toll on me.  And the extreme costs of her drugs and pain medications (which became less and less effective as the insidious cancer progressed) rapidly ate up our savings.  Finally, we had to call on Hospice home care and they were wonderful.  Hospice nurses and staff came almost every day to care for her as well as helping with laundry, housekeeping chores, etc.  When I became physically and mentally exhausted, Hospice provided respite care in the local Hospice home so I could get some rest.  Frankly, I don't know what we would've done without Hospice.

       In December, controlling her pain at home became impossible.  Hospice took her into the Hospice home where my beloved wife passed away just sixteen days before Christmas Eve.

       Needless to say, in the several months following her death, it took a long time to come out of my shell and fully realize the depth and breadth of the care Hospice had provided during our time of dire need.  It was then I was prompted to make a covenant with the Good Lord:  should I ever become fortunate enough to have any of my humble manuscripts published, I would gladly share a portion of any profits with our community Hospice home. Thus, the sale of every copy of this novel will yield a percentage of its proceeds to Cedar Valley Hospice.

       Since Hospice is, in large part, dependent upon donations to help their patients -- and their families -- through the end of life process, I strongly urge each and every one of my readers to donate whatever amount of money they can to their own community Hospice program.  If you are unable to donate financially, then you might consider becoming a Hospice volunteer.  Just please do something to help!  Thank you!

                                                                         -- Jacob Kinsky

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