Dear friends of Holly,
I am Holly's oldest sister, Trudy, in California. Holly stayed with me when she went to Stanford hospital. I want you all to know that she had a great time during the last week of her life, spending it here with her best friend, Kathy. We got "out and about" during the day and had lots of social fun in the evening. If we had known that she would die so suddenly, we couldn't have planned a better last week of life. During her final days, the doctors, nurses, and everyone else affiliated with the hospital (St. Joseph's in Phoenix) could not have been kinder. Dr. Dake flew down to Arizona and has tried to help in every way possible. Holly's body has been donated to the Human Brain and Spinal Fluid Resource Center in Los Angeles-for MS research. Dr. Dake is in touch with them to see if they can study the vascular aspects of the disease. It was Holly's wish to further MS research in any way. I want you all to know how much you meant to Holly. She loved the website and communicating with everyone there. It gave her a sense of purpose and community. She wanted to be a pioneer for all of you. She would want all of you to carry on in the same spirit of adventure, research, and camaraderie. My sisters, Jill, Laura, and I want to thank all of you for your friendship and support of Holly. We want to wish all of you good luck for the future. Sincerely, Trudy Roughgarden
Holly's contribution to CCSVI research will benefit all of us whether we have had the procedure or not.