March 3, 1998
Dear Dr. Elion,
We have not met yet but do hope that one day we will. I'm Sharyn Cohn, a kidney transplant patient who wrote to you many years ago, congratulating you and Dr. Hitchings for winning the Nobel Prize in Medicine. It has been over 16 years that I had the kidney transplant from my brother and have been on Imuran. During the summer, Mary Ann Bella interviewed me for the Dr. Elion documentary. I look forward to seeing the completed project.
The other day, I came across Dr. Hitchings' obituary in the New York Times. I'm sending you a copy, just in case you did not see it. I am glad that it included Dr. Hitchings' picture. He looks like a man who enjoyed life. His son, Thomas, said that "his greatest joy was meeting people whose lives were saved by his work." Though I had not met him and have not met you either yet - I just wanted you to know again how grateful I am to you both. My life is full of joy because of your discoveries. I am sorry that Dr. Hitchings has died. You are welcome to share this note with his family.
Hoping you are enjoying life-