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    Posted December 30, 2014 by
    Rochester, New York
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    Those we lost in 2014

    Marissa Pogal-Sussman, best sister in the world, gone at 26


    Marissa Pogal-Sussman was as beautiful as a peony in bloom, as sharp as a fine needle, as genuine as a pair of leather boots. She was as smart as Albert Einstein, as funny as Jerry Seinfeld and as kind as Mother Teresa. Marissa had the courage of the lion in the Wizard of OZ(after he got courage from the wizard), the mental strength of Atlas and the insight of an elderly sage.


    Marissa Pogal-Sussman, an amazing sister, daughter and friend to those who knew her, was stolen from us by cancer at age 26. She loved animals, baking and making others happy. She died the day before Thanksgiving leaving all who knew her devastated and in shock. We miss her more than any words can ever say. The only thing she ever mentioned about death was that she wanted to never be forgotten. While she was alive she wanted to start a foundation to finance research and find a cure. During her fight with cancer we were too consumed by the urgency of treating her cancer to help start the foundation. Now that Marissa can no longer fight her cancer, we have to fight for her and we will continue fighting until no one dies the way that she did. We are in the process of raising money to start a foundation in her honor to raise money to eradicate mortality from children bone cancers.


    I will leave you as Marissa did us, with the last joke Marissa ever told:


    A wealthy man on his death bed called his three best friends-- his doctor, his priest, and his lawyer-- to make a final request. "Who knows what I will find on the other side? Just to be sure, I am giving you each one hundred thousand dollars and I ask that you place an envelope with that amount in my casket." All three took the money and agreed to fulfill his wish.


    He died soon thereafter and at the funeral each friend slipped an envelope into the casket. After the burial, the three walked together from the grave. The doctor said, "My friends, I have a confession to make; since the hospital was short of funds for treating the poor I only put 80, 000 dollars in the envelope and donated the other 20, 000 to our indigent fund." The priest then said, "I too have to confess that I gave 50,000 dollars to the homeless and only put fifty thousand in the casket."



    The lawyer looked both his friends straight in the eye and said, "I am astonished and deeply disappointed that you failed to keep your solemn promise to our dear departed friend. I want you to know that I placed in his coffin my personal check for the full 100, 000 dollars.

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