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More of Our Canada - - Contents - Mis­sion Ac­com­plished Cindy van Don­gen, Bright, Ont.

I wanted to write and say thank you for pub­lish­ing my friend Frank Ro­den’s pho­tos in the Birds and Blooms sec­tion of the May 2018 is­sue. I can’t tell you what this meant to Frank. He has cys­tic fi­bro­sis. His lung func­tion has de­creased to the point where he can no longer work, so he tries to fo­cus what lit­tle en­ergy he has on pho­tog­ra­phy. His pas­sion is pho­tograph­ing birds, as he is able to sit in one spot and let the birds come to him. He doesn’t have to drag his oxy­gen tank all over the place. Last year was dif­fi­cult for Frank. He spent a lot of time in the hos­pi­tal fight­ing lung in­fec­tions. As a re­sult, he missed his op­por­tu­nity to get out and take pic­tures. The whole or­deal drove him into a deep de­pres­sion. One item on his bucket list was to have a pic­ture pub­lished in a mag­a­zine. You helped him achieve that. I can’t tell you how ex­cited he was. And the fact that May was cys­tic fi­bro­sis aware­ness month made it even more mean­ing­ful. I wanted to let you know how this sim­ple act has changed a very sick man’s world.

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