Every other May we hold a Dinner for Herm. A night where we invite everyone to come and celebrate Holly and Patience's son, Holland C. Gregg IV, otherwise known as "Herm".
Herm lost his 3 year battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma when he was 26 years old. Towards the end of his arduous fight, he met Dr. Cath Bollard who was working at MD Anderson at the time. She instantly connected with Herm and has stayed in close contact with the Gregg family since his passing. Dr. Bollard has made extraordinary leaps towards a cure with her research and we continue to support her and the Leukemia & Lymphoma society by raising monies through the Holland C. Gregg IV Research Fund.
On the years we do not hold the dinner, we still send out a mailing as a small reminder to save the date for next May, as well as continue the awareness and support to the LLS research for a cure.
Patience writes a story about Herm in these mailings and we wanted to share it with you (below). If you are interested in receiving these annual mailings, we would love to add you to our list. Please feel free to contact us via our website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your residential mailing address. We are forever grateful for all of your love and support. Thank you.
I have a habit of flicking through my photographs.
Of course, there are pictures of Herm as a bright eyed baby, then as a two year old with his new sister.
At that age, Herm would climb up into Mariettaís crib and put his arm gently around her. I never had a single worry about him with fragile new life.
He had held our cats, dogs, bunnies, mice and chinchillas. Later, he had the touch with orphaned skunks and raccoons, naked baby birds and squirrels fallen from nests.
Each one needed lots of attention and nurturing until their eventual healthy passage back into their natural habitat.
Even the tiniest life was given love and healing.
Who would have guessed that Herm, who grew up to be strong and bright and happy, would one day be as vulnerable as a fledgling?
Who could imagine that we would have to resort to the toxicity of chemotherapy, radiation and transplant in an attempt to cure his Hodgkin's Lymphoma?
Thank goodness, thank science and research, that milestones are being reached in cancer treatment, that future patients can have more hope.
Polio virus is being used to effectively treat brain cancer, AIDS virus is being used to treat Leukemias. These studies are all part of groundbreaking immune based therapies being developed to ignite the patients own immune system and wipe out cancer.
The Holland Chauncey Gregg IV Fund helps support research to develop targeted immunotherapy that might have been able to save Hermís life today. This immunotherapy has no side effects, is done as an out patient infusion and has had a 50% success rate for patients with the worst prognoses including patients who have failed all other therapies.
Wouldn't we all like to see cures without side effects and the devastation of multiple toxins? It has always seemed archaic.
And wouldn't we all like to see these novel therapies being developed sooner rather than later?
This year we do not have our Dinner for Herm, but send this note to you. Cancer continues to affect us all. Unsuspecting people are diagnosed every day. So, every other year, we simply ask, if at all possible, that you might send continued support to the Holland Chauncey Gregg IV Fund.
With our deep appreciation and wishes for your health and prosperity,
from Herm, Holly, Patience, Marietta, Jim, the entire Gregg family, PBI and the LLS