John F. Schaffner
It was the end of the week and just about time to pack up and go home for a weekend of deadline-week work on this newspaper. But there was one last e-mail from Sandy Springs City Hall.
It was a very personal but businesslike letter from Mayor Eva Galambos to members of the Sandy Springs City Council and city staff. It was a letter about another new challenge the mayor is facing — possibly one of the largest in her life — and one more fight she must see end in victory.
Just yesterday I was diagnosed with a form of lymphoma. The good news is this is a curable type of the disease. I will soon begin chemo and will receive treatment over the next four months. The oncologist is very optimistic and advised me that the probability of total remission is very high.
I may have limited activities for a while but rest assured that I plan to observe all my public functions and responsibilities. However, I may curtail other activities and will ask council members to represent us.
I am confident that our city is on the right track, that our council is committed to the City of Sandy Springs and that our staff members are experts in their fields. It’s a winning combination that I take pride in each day. I’m counting on you to do your part to serve our citizens.
My family is so supportive and I will have plenty of help in overcoming this set back. I do thank you for your positive thoughts and prayers.
This was big news, I thought. I need to do a story on this, probably for Page 1 of this edition. But I changed my mind.
First, from a practical standpoint, the news would be on the streets for at least a week before our newspapers were delivered to Sandy Springs residents.
But just as important, I did not want to attach any aura of gloom or doom to what was a very upbeat and positive outlook for the future by Mayor Galambos.
After much thought, I decided it was best to handle this in my column, printing the mayor’s letter and adding a note or two to it.
One of those notes is from Tibby DeJulio, mayor pro tem of the city and a faithful foot soldier with Galambos over the many years they fought the proverbial windmills of state government to gain cityhood for Sandy Springs.
Said DeJulio: “Unfortunately the mayor has been diagnosed with a form of lymphoma. Fortunately it is a highly treatable form and after a series of treatments we’re expecting the mayor will make a full recovery and be back at her job.
“Eva is a tough, tough lady, and if anyone can beat this, it’s Eva.”
All we can add to that is our wishes for successful treatment and a full recovery so that Mayor Galambos can continue to lead our city and fight the good fight.