Written by: Laura Taxel
Brandy Gleason’s mother, Nannette Livingston, passed away in 2019 at 56. The cause of death was ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The same disease took Brandy’s grandmother and great-grandfather. Often called Lou Gehrig’s Disease in memory of the famous New York Yankees baseball player whose career it ended in 1939, ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that starts with muscle weakness and leads to loss of all motor function and ultimately complete paralysis. It is always fatal.
Jeremy and Eric Shapiro are brothers. Both live and work in and around Shaker Heights, Ohio, not far from where they were born and raised. One is a doctor that treats the body, and the other works to heal the mind. They share the belief that the terminally ill should have access to medical aid in dying, making them part of a nationwide movement to rethink end-of-life care and what it should include.
Julie Silver Manning shares the story of her parents and what led her to join us as a Board Member at Ohio End of Life Options. Her story is featured in the Cleveland Jewish News.
VIDEO (4 min.): This short video combines Vikki’s experience with her mother, Betty, with information about medical aid in dying to help Ohioans understand the facts about this option. Polling shows that an overwhelming number of Ohioans, across all demographics, want an aid in dying option. Vikki’s story helps explain why.
This short video combines Susan and Cliff’s experience with information about medical aid in dying to help Ohioans understand the facts about this option. This video was made possible by the Leslie Keller-Biehl Memorial Fund.
By Alex Keller-Biehl. My mom died of cancer this past April and it was my privilege to be her caregiver at the end of her life. Even with hospice care, her death was not the peaceful end that she wanted. In honor of her life, my family and I have started a fundraising drive and are matching your donations.
With great sadness, we share Pamela’s story again and endeavor to honor her memory in moving forward. Pamela met life head on, with an infectious smile and the goal of having the option of Medical Aid in Dying at the end of her life. We are humbled to be the recipients of donations in her memory.
It will take 10 minutes to watch two videos about two people from Maine. Both had terminal diagnoses. One suffered in death and one had a peaceful death. One was before and one was after Maine passed its Death with Dignity Act. Take the 10 minutes to watch these videos now and you will have something powerful to share with people new to this issue and why we want to bring this option to Ohio.
Terminally ill mom’s challenge to daughter: Get Ohio to approve aid in dying law by Anne Saker, Cincinnati Enquirer Published 11:02 p.m. ET Sept. 22, 2019 | Updated
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