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Compassion & Choices News, December 2020


Compassion & Choices

December 2020

Note From the CEO

Kim Callinan, CEO

As 2020 comes to a close, Kim Callinan offers hope for the new year. Read More.

Top News

Volunteer Spotlight: Michael Fratkin

Michael Fratkin smiling

Palliative care physician, pioneer of telemedicine and member of Compassion & Choices’ Healthcare Advisory Council, Michael Fratkin chooses to focus on people rather than illness. Read More.

In the Media

  • “Dear Abby,” syndicated in over 1,000 newspapers, referred readers to Compassion & Choices’ website and founder, President Emerita and Senior Advisor Barbara Coombs Lee’s recent book, Finish Strong: Putting Your Priorities First at Life’s End, in response to a reader’s question about end-of-life autonomy.
  • An article by Dr. Julianne Malveaux, “How Do You Want to Die,” about the importance of end-of-life planning in the black community also recommends Barbara Coombs Lee’s Finish Strong and appeared in several publications nationwide.
  • Compassion & Choices supporter and former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts’ op-ed about the 27th anniversary of the pioneering Death With Dignity Act and her husband’s death ran in the Oregonian.
  • NBC’s Today website and featured Compassion & Choices advocate Dan Diaz discussing the six years since his late wife, Brittany Maynard, used medical aid in dying to end her suffering from terminal brain cancer.

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