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Letter: Touching compassion for a cancer patient

Zoey Kohler, 18, of New Franklin, Ohio, middle,

Zoey Kohler, 18, of New Franklin, Ohio, middle, greets Talon Air President and CEO Adam Katz, while standing with her best friend Jessica Toth, 19, left, of Canton, Ohio, at the Talon Air hangar inside Republic Airport in East Farmingdale on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. Kohler, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, was flown in by Talon Air to fulfill her wish to visit New York City for the holidays. Credit: Steve Pfost

Anytime parents have to endure the loss of a child the burden must be enormous. It broke my heart to read about the plight of cancer patient Zoey Kohler [“Fulfilling her wish list,” News, Dec. 19].

We sometimes have to wonder why some innocent child is afflicted with such a terrible disease. The generosity of Talon Air, with Patient Airlift Services, to fulfill her “bucket list” dream of a trip to New York City is an example of true compassion.

If I were working on a bucket list, at the top would be to give this young lady the biggest comforting hug I could muster up.

Michael Izzi, Hauppauge