Letter from Sharyn Cohn, kidney transplant recipient, to Gertrude Elion, March 3, 1998.
Courtesy of the Estate of Gertrude B. Elion.
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-
Estate of Gertrude B. Elion