Suzann Bresler Goldstein advocates for children with cancer, blood disorders and their families, for adults with breast cancer, and for parents who have lost a child or all their children. She is available for readings and lectures. Please contact her directly through the contacts page on this site.
Suzann and her husband Ed lost their only two children, Valerie and Stacy, to cancer. In Valerie’s memory, the Goldsteins established, in 1976, The Valerie Fund, an organization supporting hospital-based outpatient centers for children with cancer and blood disorders in New Jersey, the suburbs of Philadelphia, and in New York City. In 2009, the breast cancer center at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (RCINJ), in collaboration with the Goldsteins, was renamed in memory of Stacy. It is now called the Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center at RCINJ.
Suzann has been an invited speaker at groups interested in The Valerie Fund activities and on topics such as care-giving to families with children who have cancer and other chronic illnesses.
“Suzann Goldstein has put her experiences into words – well-written, heart-wrenching words – and one day this nearly sacred manuscript will be published. FIGHTING BACK: Doing Battle with Cancer will serve as a beacon to those who are in despair, a message that no matter what happens, there is a faith and a meaning to life.”
Dave Klein, Owner-operator of E-GIANTS, a daily on-line newsletter devoted to the New York Football Giants www.e-giants.net and author of THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES, FOURTH DOWN, and HIT AND RUN.
“Losing both one’s children to cancer would seem a subject too heartrending to read, let alone to write about, but Suzann Goldstein’s FIGHTING BACK: Doing Battle with Cancer turns out to be astonishingly uplifting. What she describes is family love at its most powerful. While taking the reader through the vividly recalled drama of Valerie and Stacy’s lives, she evokes most clearly what gave her and her husband their strength – the kind of humor, caring, and courage we would all wish to share – even in the best of times.”
Elaine Durbach is Central Bureau Chief for the New Jersey Jewish News, and the author of WITH MIXED FEELINGS and SOUTH AFRICA: The Wild Realms.
“Suzann Goldstein’s writing is wonderful. FIGHTING BACK: Doing Battle with Cancer is so personal and touching, while, at the same time, demonstrating a self-reflecting twinkle in the eye, i.e., an awareness of the absurdity of things . . .”
Rosalie Greenberg, M.D., F.A.P.A., Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Author of BIPOLAR KIDS: Helping Your Child Find Calm in the Mood Storm and co-producer of the DVD, RESCUING CHILDHOOD: Understanding Bipolar Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Dr. Greenberg practices in Summit, New Jersey.
FIGHTING BACK: Doing Battle with Cancer is a story of personal tragedy: a story sensitively told with poignant insights and told by the one experiencing it first hand . . . Presented as a series of memorable vignettes and of memorable people met, this is a story where the human spirit ultimately triumphs.”
Paul Kiell, M.D. Author of EXERCISE and GREAT MINDS and AMERICAN MILER: The Life and Times of Glenn Cunningham.