Getting to know Emmanuel von der Groeben: A 50-year resident and lover of San Francisco, Manny is a dedicated husband and father who is defined by his compassion for and acceptance of others. Think of him as the tall, statuesque man that, with a look or comment, encourages others to feel they are not alone in the world. He is the one who, just by his presence, helped you feel safer on BART or Muni. He may have introduced you to the beauty of the city, turning a taxi ride into a momentary journey with a fellow traveler. He is likely the cable guy that you found yourself inexplicably sharing your life-story with. He is the quiet man that somehow helped you feel safer while you walked alongside him as you perused the eclectic shops and enchanting architecture in the Haight. He is not every man, but instead, beside him is a solid place where we can stand in this dry and dreary land, a man who gives hope in the uncertainty of tomorrow, and brings peace in troubled times.
Moving to San Francisco over forty years ago, I have had the privilege to be a career medical professional in one of the finest cities in the world. Whether working with patients, advocating for their care with healthcare providers, or validating the effectiveness of care delivery, I have dedicated my life to bringing about health and wholeness for others. For years, the man living in the apartment upstairs on Shrader Street always diverted my attention from whatever I was doing. Raising his son with a loving engagement I found fascinatingly refreshing, I wondered how this quiet man managed to bring a sense of peaceful acceptance just by his presence. Falling more in love with him each day has been an unimaginable journey. Others would have collapsed under the challenges his diagnosis inflicts. I am so proud of him for his strength, selflessness, and unflagging hope. My prayer is that through your support and prayers, Manny will be invigorated to continue his fight against this terrible disease. Your outpouring of love will reinforce the peace that comes from knowing that his loved ones are surrounded by heroes.
Please support this GoFundMe campaign by making a donation and then by sharing the site address with anyone whose lives you think Manny has touched over the decades. By giving and sharing the site with others you join what I call Team Shrader, dedicated to showing this wonderful man how much we love and appreciate him. Believe me, this experience has taught me what it is like for money to be tight, so please know that no gift is too small. Know that we love you all. Please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll be sure to share how you have made a difference in this exhausting journey.
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