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About Joan Karnell

Joan Karnell
Joan Karnell

"Don't ask me to give up one day, not one!"
– from the journal of Joan Karnell

Joan Karnell was an extraordinary person. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend. As a woman with ovarian cancer, she demonstrated tremendous strength, determination and courage during her eight year struggle to overcome the disease.

As a person with a deep sense of social responsibility, she used her own situation to increase awareness of and funding for Pennsylvania Hospital's efforts to establish a cohesive cancer facility that would help ease the pain and suffering of other cancer patients and their families.

Joan's dedication and will to help others, even during her difficult times, was evident as she volunteered for a cancer support network with exuberance and spirit. She gave kindness and hope to all she met.

Although Joan died in 1990, she will always be remembered by everyone who knew her. She fought hard and made a difference in this world, and for that, she will always be alive in our hearts!

– Robert Karnell


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