To my dear friends,
As I set to retire on January 31st I can only tell you how fulfilling this endeavor has been for me and how wonderful it has been sharing this time with all of you. I thank you for welcoming me to your meetings and am grateful for how much you taught me over the years as I visited you or met many of you at a Patient and Family Seminar, Regional Community Workshops or other places in my travels.
More than eight years ago Susie Novis and Dr. Brian Durie gave me the opportunity to carry my wife Cathy's legacy forward and meet and assist the most wonderful people in the world, the multiple myeloma support group leaders, patients and caregivers. That period is coming to an end. It saddens me deeply, but life goes on. I will miss all of you and the wonderful IMF staff I have worked with over the years.
My new wife, Juanita, and I will now be able to spend more time together, though I plan to find something to do that will fill some of my time (Juanita's "honey-do-list"?). I have thought about volunteering at a local hospital or other institution. God will guide me as he's done all my life.
Leaders, please do not forget that educating and assisting the patients and caregivers is, in my opinion, the most important thing we do. Please feel free to contact any time you think I may be able to assist you in any way.
Last but certainly not least, please be as gracious to Anne (Pacowta), Nancy (Bruno) and Sue (Enright) as you were to me as they embark on their journey with you.
Thank you and God Bless,Andy Lebkuecher