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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Passing of a Friend to Hemophilia

It is with great regret that I announce the death of Randi Paltrow, 59, Director of National Relations at Patient Services, Inc. (PSI), last Saturday. As many of you may know, Randi was devoted to the hemophilia community. She served as executive director of the Northern Ohio Chapter before joining friend Dana Kuhn's organization, PSI. She dedicated herself to the important issues of insurance reform, which is wreaking havoc for many families with bleeding disorders. Although I had known Randi for years, I really got to know her better just this past year, as we spent more time together at several functions. Randi, who is the aunt of actress Gywneth Paltrow, downplayed her celebrity status almost as well as she downplayed her cancer. She was energetic, bursting with ideas, and determined to not let her illness get her down. With her typical can-do attitude, she always made you believe that she would overcome any obstacle. I hope our community adopts that attitude as her legacy, as we say good-bye to a true friend.

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