Hoping for the best: Thank you for the excellent, informative article you wrote about LyP featuring [my daughter] Julie ("The Cheetah Club," Nov. 1). It gave us hope that someday the Cheetahs, along with the doctors, may help change cancer research.
Julie and I hope your article will generate some interest and financial aid for LyP. We also hope it will shed some light on LyP and help other patients and the medical profession.
My husband, who works in San Francisco, said it was strange to see Julie's photo on every street corner of the city! Too bad it had to be for her rare condition, but that's OK. Maybe someday she'll make the cover of People!
Diana Lynne Quinn
Something missing: I read the article with interest but was disappointed that so little mention was made of the support group that the article gets its name from. The author seemed to think it was more important to return over and over again to the physical appearance of LyP than it was to even give us the Web site address. Personally, I would have preferred to hear from more than just the one person. For instance, I think an interview with Nikki Thomason [who started the Web site] could have been very informative and given us a much broader view of this condition.
Moral support: The members of my LyP Internet support group are very pleased with the feature article written by Joel Engardio. The only uneasiness I have is over a sentence in the article regarding the privacy of my group members, which makes it seem like Dr. Kadin has access to our group posts. He does not. The only way he knows who is in our group is when our members e-mail or telephone him.
If any of your readers are interested in contacting me about LyP or the support group, they are welcome to send an e-mail to NikkiThom@aol.com or visit my Web site at www.lymphomainfo.net/conditions/lyp.html.
Spreading the word: I am a member of the Cheetah Club, and I would just like to say that I enjoyed the article very much. I am going to send it to family and friends and also to my dermatologist. Hopefully some good will come out of this.
In Favor of Mercy
Poor housing, or housing for the poor?: Quality housing only for the wealthy? That is the assumption one could make from the opening page of Peter Byrne's article ("The Affordable Housing Disaster," Oct. 25). Having worked in a subsidized housing development built by a for-profit company, I have seen firsthand the hardships tenants experience when living in poorly constructed buildings.
Low-income residents deserve quality homes as well. Having worked with many youths living in Mercy Housing developments in SOMA, I can say that they offer comprehensive services such as youth programs, job training, community rooms, and other perks that wealthy loft dwellers don't need. Mercy has given many low-income families the opportunity to continue residing in this city -- that is more than I can say for the Planning Commission.
The article criticizes those with good intentions rather than developers whose main objective is making quick profit, regardless of who is affected. Maybe the next exposé could focus on the real problem.
Jill W. Pfeiffer
Fairness and accuracy: It was not quite fair that you chose to lambaste Mercy Housing. They have a long and honorable track record. The housing developments in Visitacion Valley are large, complex projects. Mercy Housing took on this huge, complex project for the benefit of the tenants and on behalf of the city and the San Francisco Housing Authority.
I would also like to correct your brief coverage of TNDC. Our name is the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp., and we are not "an arm of the Roman Catholic church." We are a completely secular nonprofit with no ties to any church. (It is true that I am a Franciscan friar, which has sometimes led to people misunderstanding this fact.)
Bro. Kelly Cullen, OFM
Executive Director, TNDC
Editor's note: SF Weekly regrets misnaming TNDC and wrongly describing it as a religious organization.