Message from the Executive Director

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Life is what happens when you’re busy planning other things.” That saying certainly applies to my family. One week we’re working the law enforcement trainings through the Mental Health Trust grant, and the next week you get the news that stops you in your tracks. My husband was diagnosed with cancer. This is his second time to this rodeo.

Our treatment options were limited when conventional radiation was ruled out by the Oncologist at St. Peter’s Hospital. We were fortunate to be referred, and accepted into the Proton Radiation Therapy program at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda California. This proton therapy unit is one of only five in the United States and the only one in the western US. Ken receives a treatment Monday-thru-Fridays for a total of 45 treatements. Anyway you count it, that’s nine weeks.

Technology is truly amazing and wonderful as I am telecommuting to work. Through the lap-top I can access files and folders, handle emails, etc. With the cell phone (and after some tech challenges have been worked out work) I can keep up on my daily calls, text, conference calls and keeping touch with Council members.

We are staying at a Residence Inn in San Bernardino about 10 minutes from the Medical Center, the address is: 1040 E. Harriman Place, San Bernardino, CA 92408. I am reachable by cell phone at 406-439-5077. If we are in an appointment, I will have the phone on silent, but please leave a message and I’ll return the call.

From both Ken and I, our sincere thanks for the calls and emails you have sent. Words cannot express how much they mean to us. We are counting the days until we come home to Montana.

Deborah Swingley
CEO, Executive Director