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On Thursday, November 8th, 2012, minutes before noon, my beautiful wife Sara, at the age of 33, passed away. She spent the last four days of her life at the Hospice House. After nearly six months of misdiagnosis after misdiagnosis, on July 23, 2010, Sara was diagnosed with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. She was only 31 years old and had just been given a diagnosis with a 5-year survival rate of less than 10%.

She tried anything the doctors could think to try. She tried a clinical trial that used a drug that didn’t even have a name yet, only a number. She tried drugs intended for other cancers. She was determined and she fought. She fought so hard for so long—and nothing was working. I had to make the toughest call I’ve ever had to make. I called Midland Care.

As I reflect upon Sara’s journey, I realized our interaction with Midland Care was much more than just those four days. In reality, it is because of Midland Care that Sara and I also got to live life and live as husband and wife for the last 1-1/2 years of her life. We got to be husband and wife and not just spouse and caregiver. We experienced life.


This is a love story. Twila and Bob met in school and were married for 65 years. They loved to spend time together, go dancing, vacation and spend time with their three children. Bob couldn’t have asked for a better marriage. When Twila developed stage four pancreatic cancer, they called Midland Care.

“It would sure perk her up when she knew they (Midland Care Staff) were coming,” said Bob. “I can always remember them back in the bedroom there talking, one of them laughing most of the time.” Twila didn’t let her condition bother her; she just lived life and lived those moments happy.  “It just meant so much to us, as the kids, to see her laughing and not in pain,” said Rita, Twila’s daughter.

“They (Bob and Twila) loved each other a lot. It was very hard to see her pass. He lost his lifetime partner,” said Rita. “She passed away in a way. I was really thankful for. It was very peaceful.” “They (Midland Care Staff) definitely felt like family to us, and they still do. They are just a wonderful organization; they helped us through a lot of the hard times,” said Rita.

Give to the Touching More Lives Capital Campaign

We are reaching out to the community to invest in Midland Care’s Touching More Lives Capital Campaign to renovate an existing building at 2631 SW East Circle Drive South in Topeka into a new home for our PACE and Meals on Wheels programs.

Thank you for being a part of this important work.