My Story

Noel and his Pink Panther quilt

Noel and his Pink Panther quilt

  • On April 1st, 2011, I was rushed as an emergency case to Glens Falls Hospital with Atrial Fibrillation. After my heart was quickly stabilized, I was diagnosed with a bone marrow cancer called Primary Myelofibrosis.
  • There is not much treatment for this chronic, slowly progressive disease except for palliative care and, for some, a bone marrow transplant (BMT).
  • Praise God that I will be admitted to the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 for the BMT.
  • It is well with my soul – and with Meryl’s soul. She is my angelic wife of 41+ years and my caregiver. We are fully relying on God (we are FROGs!) and pray the way we handle this life threatening illness will encourage and inspire others who are also undergoing their own trials and traumas of daily life.
  • Whilst our finances are better than many others, we do face several thousands of dollars which my health insurance will not pay for: co-pays, co-insurance, travel costs to/from Boston from Glens Falls, accommodation, car parking being some of them. Read on ….
  • Donations made through this CaringBridge site do not get to me. CaringBridge uses them to pay their costs of running the site free for patients – so please consider a donation to CaringBridge.
  • Donations for my healthcare are being transparently processed through a new bank account I have set up. If you feel called to make a gift mail a check direct to Hudson River Community Credit Union (HRCCU) made payable to Noel Dawes and Meryl Dawes. Send the check to HRCCU at 160 Broad Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801. Alternatively electronic payments may be made to the same account via SupportNoel.org
  • Donors from the UK are advised to contact Noel or Meryl for advice on how best to make a gift.
  • Since gifts are not being processed through a legally registered charity, charitable tax-declarable receipts are not able to be issued.
  • Gifts made through ACCTS are welcomed, but are used for the Chaplain Care and Support ministry Noel and Meryl lead with ACCTS.