Mary Anne Ruddis, executive director of Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest, works with parents whose children have cancer.
But she rarely shares her life story, unless she believes it will help the families in their journeys.
Ruddis lost her husband, Kerry, to cancer at age 36, in April 1994. Ruddis then lost daughter, Nikki, 9, to cancer four months later, in August 1994. In September 1999, Ruddis lost her son, Michael, from a brain tumor. He was 12.
In a recent Wise Words interview, the 53-year-old woman talked about her life before these losses, life after, and how she survived the unimaginable in between.
This the complete transcript of the interview with Spokesman-Review Features writer Rebecca Nappi. The interview took place Sept. 23, 2010.
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