Letters to the editor of Boston Globe Magazine

Readers respond to a mother’s gratitude for pediatric nurses, a “life changing” coffee mug, and one writer’s quest to find Olympic spirit.

Compassionate Care

Kari McHugh’s story about her son (“Take Good Care,” February 11) and the nurses who made a dreadful situation seemingly bearable, even playful and occasionally joyful as he underwent treatment for cancer, was deeply moving. As the mother of a daughter who died from a genetic disease at age 2, I know well what a difference the right medical providers make. Thank you, Kari, for celebrating the extraordinary nurses who have given you these bright and shiny memories.

Blyth Taylor Lord / Newton

What a heartfelt, beautiful commentary on goodness and beauty within mankind, even if it is summoned due to tragedy. I wish I could hug and cry with each of these heaven-sent nurses for their exemplary execution of their important work. In these current days of bitterness and division, it warms the soul to know the depths of mankind’s compassion. My heart breaks for the parents and caregivers, but rejoices for all the love poured out for this wonderful young man.

Rick Garvey /Westford


To Kari, thank you for sharing this story. I felt that I knew Michael in some small way. To the McHugh family, my sympathies for your loss. As a nurse, I am grateful for your time in acknowledging those who cared for your son and your family. Someone once told me that to be a nurse is a blessing because God has called you to care for others. I am very honored to be part of this profession through the telling of your story.

Madelyn Gibson Antonich /Allison Park, Pennsylvania

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My 16-year-old son, Will, spent the last year at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute receiving chemotherapy treatments that ultimately saved his life. It was the worst year of my life, and I still can’t imagine how my son got through it. But I do know the nurses at the Jimmy Fund are one of the reasons he survived. They are able to leave their personal troubles at home and always have a smile on their faces — a truly remarkable gift. We just had our six-month checkup and went to visit his nurses. To see the smile on their faces was priceless as they got to see a young man with a full head of hair walking on two legs. We never knew how fortunate we were to live in the Boston area until we made our way over the “bridge” from the Dana-Farber center to the Jimmy Fund and met the people who would save our son’s life.

Jim Norton/ Cohasset

After suffering such a tragic loss of her son to such a terrible disease, Kari is keeping her son’s spirit alive through the Nurses Fund, which she has set up in his honor. Kari’s article demonstrates the commitment and love that nurses show to their patients. Nurses not only give their patients the medical care that they need, but also give their time, love and compassion. Thank you Kari for writing such a touching article. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Christine Morgan / Lakeville

Bottoms Up

I really enjoyed John Dodge’s piece on the Jamber mug (“Cutting Edge,” February 11). It was a great description of something ergonomically designed for the comfort of older beverage drinkers and anyone who, as he wrote, “has physical challenges.” It’s great to see companies like this tackling this segment of the market. The elderly in particular have needs that aren’t being addressed. Even if they are often on fixed incomes, many have family caregivers who would gladly buy products that make more sense for their loved ones. It’s a market opportunity as well as a way of doing good. I appreciated the article about what I hope is a new trend.

Lois Paul /Wayland

For the Love of the Game

I love Karen Crouse’s focus on community like the one in Norwich (“Looking for Some Genuine Olympic Spirit,” February 11). However, I find her pessimism regarding current Olympic athletes disturbing. As a two-time Olympian in rowing, a small-scale sport, most of my teammates and competitors do exactly what she states is bygone: We compete clean for love of the sport. Once we retire, we integrate ourselves into our communities, sometimes by coaching. Look to the small-scale sports — and probably in the more marquee events as well — and you will find that it’s love of the sport, of chasing a dream, and of stretching personal limits that gets an Olympian to the Games.

Gevvie Stone / Cambridge

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