January 21, 2009
Dear friends and colleagues,
I've been asked to give an update on Martin's health. I'm sorry this news is delivered in such an impersonal way. As you know, there are many people around the country who love Marty and it is easiest to send updates to a group.
Unfortunately, this update does not contain good news. On Monday night, Jan. 12, Martin was admitted to the emergency room with many symptoms associated with advanced liver disease. Since then, his health has taken a turn for the worse and he is showing signs of kidney failure as well. He has since been discharged from the hospital and has entered home hospice care. At this point, all treatment is for minimizing discomfort.
Cards with supportive messages are greatly appreciated and have helped Marty in this difficult time. You can send the card to Project Inform. We will make sure they are delivered promptly. Our address is after my signature below.
If you would like to send an e-mail instead, please send it to me. Put Marty's name in the subject field. You can also leave a comment at the bottom of this page. I will print it out and deliver it along with the cards. I will not read any e-mail you send me with Marty's name in the subject field, so feel free to be as personal as you'd like. I suggest not e-mailing Martin directly, as it is unclear if he will be checking.
If you have any questions, let me know, but also please be patient as I am getting many calls and e-mails.
Again, I am sorry to deliver such sad news.
Director of Public Policy
San Francisco, CA 94103
phone: 415-558-8669 x224