A Hair-Raising Raffle
***Please note. The Raffle is closed; the draw will
take place the next time both Susan and Bill are in the same place; fall 2007? The goal for the new Women’s Diagnostic
Imaging Suite at
Ketchikan General Hospital was met a little while ago
The winner will
dictate a haircut/style (up to and including a complete shave)
that will be the same for both.
This may include coloring, highlights… whatever tickles the fancy.
All hair will be donated to Locks
of Love, a charity that designs hair pieces for disadvantaged children
undergoing chemotherapy or suffering from chronic hair loss due to illness or
treatment. Check their website at www.locksoflove.org for further information.
All monies generated by the
raffle will be donated to the KGH Foundation for the diagnostic imaging
suite. The drawing will be held
live on Ketchikan’s KRBD morning show, the infamous haircuts to occur
at His and Hairz day after the draw.
The New Women’s Diagnostic
Imaging Suite at Ketchikan General Hospital will change how health care will be
delivered. Unlike having to fly to
Anchorage or Seattle more than once when
dealing with serious health issues, the Women’s Diagnostic Imagine Suite will
provide a one-stop, single appointment, result-oriented experience for everyone
in Southeastern Alaska. The new
suite will locate all equipment into one area – allowing for increased
comfort and privacy, and providing state-of-the-art equipment including:
Computer Aided Detection (CAD) as
a “second set of eyes” to read all mammograms
Ultrasound – including cardiac
and vascular imaging
Stereotactic breast biopsy
The total cost for the Women’s
Diagnostic Imaging Suite is US$450,000.
The goal of the KGH Foundation is to raise US$250,000 with Ketchikan
General Hospital providing the remaining US$200,000. For updates on this campaign’s progress, visit the website:
|Susan & Bill
The Twins - a short biography by Dr. Ann Hupe
met through a listing of publishers and editors back in 1984. They
corresponded without meeting until 1986 when out of the blue, Susan called
Bill, asking him for a ride from the airport to a mutual friend’s home.
Unfortunately, Susan had no idea that Bill’s “drive” would require him to
traverse four states, but since this was definitely easier than driving from
Michigan to Sydney, Australia, he took her up to it. After going out for
the evening, Bill hit a comfy couch and Susan spent all her down time
watching a squirrel, a creature she had never seen before.
That morning, she earned her new nickname – Squirrel-bait – but it took her
about two years to figure that moniker out. That, as they say, was the start of
a beautiful friendship. They have been inseparable ever since.
Despite the fact
that Bill is six-foot-seven and Susan five-foot-three, after dying their hair a
matching color as a joke for Susan’s grandson’s first birthday, the joke was on
them when family and friends realized they do look an awful lot alike, and
people assume they are brother and sister. Since that day, these two have
earned the nickname “The Twins”… even down to the gap between their upper
front teeth. Even Susan’s mother cannot believe the similarity, especially
since they were born on opposite sides of the planet, and now refers to them as
“Her Twins”. And when a little tired, their respective spouses have been
known to confuse the two. Many Ketchikan residents will recall seeing
them last August, wandering around the downtown area with their border collie
puppy and wearing the t-shirts I had made for them with their photos on them
and the caption: “The Twins – Best Friends Forever.”
Susan and Bill have collaborated on books,
newspaper and magazine articles. They commute between Australia and
Alaska, taking photos, interviewing people, and traveling to many parts of
these two breath-taking land-masses. The Twins are planning more trips
into the outback of Australia as well as the wilderness of Alaska, as research
for some of the books they are currently writing.
|Mum & Her Twins