Survivor Provides Hope and Help
Ken and Annie Mrozinski are enjoying retirement in Fort Myers, Florida and aren't taking a single day for granted.
Ken and Annie met at West Virginia University in the 1960s, and began their married life in Manhattan, Kansas. Ken enjoyed a long and distinguished career in broadcast journalism with the Department of the Army. Annie became a school teacher and community leader.
In January 1997, Ken was diagnosed with invasive, life threatening bladder cancer by his urologist in Kansas. (His primary care physician suspected a simple urinary infection, but had referred him to a specialist.) Surgery was recommended, but Ken's urologist suggested he visit MD Anderson for more evaluation and treatment.
"Our initial visit to MD Anderson began to allay the tremendous stress that accompanies such an unwelcome diagnosis. From the time of admittance, through surgery and follow-up care, all was handled in a calm and professional manner. The staff was cheerful, upbeat and emotionally supportive. I always felt that I received the best care in a state-of-the-art institution," says Ken.
Ken finished the chemo and therapeutic protocol standard for bladder cancer treatment, and is pleased to report that it worked. He has been cancer-free ever since.
Now, the Mrozinskis are active in many historical, dramatic and civic organizations in their new community. They have also made a commitment to helping others survive cancer through their financial support of MD Anderson Cancer Center.
"We decided to leave a legacy gift because MD Anderson is the premier cancer hospital and research center in the country. Their mission must be supported to keep research ongoing so important new strategies can be implemented," Ken states.
Ken and Annie hope that sharing their story and contributions will help others realize that cancer can eventually be eradicated and quality of life can be restored.
"MD Anderson is a center for hope and helping individuals reaching for a cure. It is a lifeline. We cannot break the momentum."