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June 30, 1995 - Image 45

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-06-30

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Gilda's Club Leader
Fights For Her Life

RUTH LITTMANN STAFF WRITER

I

na Kadish, a major force be-
hind Gilda's Club, the new
support group for cancer pa-
tients and their loved ones, is
waging her own war against the
disease.
In early July, Ms. Kadish will
receive an $80,000-plus bone
marrow transplant (BMT), which
doctors recommended as a last-
ditch attempt to save her from
ovarian cancer.
But her insurance company,
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
Michigan, classifies the
procedure as experimen-
tal and has denied cover-
age. The company
maintains it never cov-
ered "peripheral stem cell"
BMTs, but a class-action
lawsuit filed recently by
attorney Elizabeth Gle-
icher in Detroit argues the
company modified the
terms of its policy without
consulting consumers or
reducing premiums.
Ms. Kadish and her
husband, Paul, oined the
lawsuit with another cou-
ple in Michigan. Mean-
while, the Kadishes
continue to pay off med-
ical bills and hope the
BMT, which will be per-
formed by doctors at
Harper Hospital, will suc-
ceed.
"Ina is as good a candi-
date as there is for the treat-
ment," says her husband.
Mr. Kadish himself suffered
from cancer — non-Hodgkin's
lymphoma — in the mid 1980s.
He received a BMT and recov-
ered with no recurrence.His wife,
largely motivated by Mr.
Kadish's battle, spearheaded Gil-
da's Club with a group of seven
other local women during 1993.
Three months after the organi-
zation took off, doctors diagnosed
Ms. Kadish with ovarian cancer.
She underwent chemotherapy, a
complete hysterectomy and, for
several months, the disease went
into remission.
It came back last December.
Ms. Kadish continues to work on
the club's development from her
bedside. Gilda's Club, though still

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says her husband.
"Ina is a very brave lady.
While she's apprehensive and
knows this treatment really is
her last chance, she keeps going,"
Mr. Kadish says.
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Go against the grain.
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Adding salt to your food
could subtract years from
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risk of heart disease.

Both Kadishes have fought cancer
(photo taken in 1994).

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an organization enabling people
to make tax-deductible contri-
butions to friends or relatives in
need of BMTs.
To help the Kadishes, send a
check to: "My Friends Care —
Ina Kadish," 640 N. Woodward
Ave., Birmingham, MI 48009. Or
call, (810) 645-5710.
Mr. Kadish, as a result of his
own battle with cancer, volun-
teers for the Bone Marrow Trans-
plant Link, an over-the-phone
support system. For more infor-
mation, call him at his office:
(810) 477-6565. For information
on Gilda's Club, call (810) 851-
6557. ❑

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