Updates on Mary
December 9, 2005
A Holiday Celebration with the New York Choral Society
photos by Robert Corwin
'We're a song
that must be sung together'
On October 5th, Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary
Travers, along with their long-time musical director, Robert
DeCormier, gathered at Mary's home to begin rehearsals for a very
special Holiday Concert with the New York Choral Society that will
take place on Friday, Dec. 9th in New York City's historic
This rehearsal was a special happening, as it marked the first
time that the group joined voices to sing together since November
2004, when Mary was diagnosed with Leukemia. The group's 2005 tour
schedule was eventually completely canceled. Mary received a bone
marrow transplant in April and has been making a steady recovery
since that time... a recovery driven by a determination to sing
again with Peter and Noel Paul.
This particular concert will be a holiday celebration for
PP&M and the entire PP&M family as Mary returns to the
concert stage with her friends to share songs of the yuletide
season and Hanukkah.
The trio felt that the rehearsal went very well and are excited
about the performance. Mary invited an NBC film crew to her home
that day to capture some of the rehearsal moments on film,
possibly to be shown on an upcoming morning show.
August 27, 2005
It's Fall and school begins for Paul Kehoe. Paul teaches 2nd graders so he'll have his hands full of lively charges.
As you probably know, he's been printing out and responding to all of your wonderful messages and putting them in looseleaf binders. I have read every single one and as of now there are 26!
I have been feeling marvelous and just keep getting stronger. I am past 120 days since the transplant and life is beginning to be more and
Paul and I figure that what with school starting and my continued health, we should stop making the books - and just let you all know from time to time how things are going.
I want to thank you again for your incredible support. It has meant a great deal to me. Music has always been a blessing to me - and now I realize it has blessed so many of you as well.
Thank you for your many kindnesses.
P.S. We'll be touring next year!
August 17, 2005
moving right along, and suddenly we're
approaching the end of August!...It's hard to believe
that its been over eight months since we originally
posted the news about Mary's diagnosis with AML.
To say it has been a challenging year for the PP&M
Family is a major understatement, however, I'm so
pleased to report that Mary is now past Day 100 since the
bone marrow transplant procedure. She reports that
she's feeling a sense of health and steadily growing
strength. Additionally, she is producing healthy
cells. This is certainly uplifting news
worthy of celebration!
Of course, the recovery
process is a slow one, but please know that Mary
is so very grateful for the continuous messages of
encouragement and the love you've expressed for her.
To date, 25 binders have been sent to her and she has
read every single message (approximately 10, 000)!
A special thank you to those who have joined the bone
marrow registry and to those who already were registered
prior to Mary's diagnosis. We've already received
reports that some of you have been contacted to help
others in need of a transplant.
How wonderful is
I spoke with Mary today and not only does she sound
terrific, she reports that she is feeling better each
She asked me to share with all of you
that she is now at Day 58 since the transplant
procedure was done and that the donor's cells have
been doing their intended job. She's gaining
strength and so happy to be home with her husband
enjoying the beautiful summer weather on her patio.
She laughed with amazement when I told
her that I had just mailed off the 19th notebook
binder of well wishes to her. She is just so
incredibly moved by the outpouring of love and concern
you've shown for her.
So, a big THANK YOU and HUG from Mary
for your continuous support!
Mary was released from the hospital
this week, exactly one month after the bone marrow
transplant procedure, and is so happy to be home! The
graft "took" and she reports that her donor
marrow is making wonderful cells, ALL FOR
She sends her thanks for all the
wonderful messages and letters of support , encouragement
and humor that have been pouring into the PP&M Website
email and Coffeehouse since early December....
So, a warm, gracious hello from
Mary... and she'll be sure to keep the extended PP&M
family posted as to how she's doing.
I feel a bit like a ball player hanging on third, waiting
for a hit good enough to bring me home.
as ready as I can for the transplant that we will do in
another two weeks. We found a match - well, almost. Nine
points out of ten. I hate to say this but it's close
enough for folk music.
I want to
share with all of you just how much your words of
encouragement, your prayers and all of your good thoughts
and wishes have meant to me. The response that we have
received on our web site has been overwhelming; it's
impossible to really know just how many lives have been
touched by our music these past forty-four years. Now, I
know that there are a lot of you out there rooting for me
and that has made all the difference in this terrible
grateful beyond words and sustained by your many voices.
I'm sure that it's part of what has given me the strength
to fight and the drive to sing again.
So I can
only say, thank you, thank you!
National Marrow Donor Program has contacted us with a
couple of corrections (which have been made) and a big
Thank You for supporting their program. They also
asked us to pass on to those of you who can't donate
marrow, that there are other ways to help if you're
interested . These can be found on their website on the
To Help" page.
February 22, 2005
Dear Friends of Peter,
Paul & Mary who have been so kind and concerned about
As you are probably aware,
Mary has been battling Leukemia and we had hoped that the
cancer's remission would sustain. However, recently, the
cancer returned and therefore she has been admitted to a
hospital for further treatment.
Notwithstanding this new,
unwelcome, challenge, Mary's spirits are strong, her humor
intact, and her determination to beat the cancer,
At this point, her doctors
are investigating the possibility of a bone marrow
transplant and so we are reaching out to all of her many
friends around the world to see if you might be generous
enough to consider registering as a potential bone marrow
donor. Your bone marrow might be a fit for Mary and, if
not, you might be able do a great service (mitzvah) for
others who similarly need a transplant.
The National Marrow Donor
Program offers the test to
determine your blood and bone marrow specifics and can be contacted through tel 800-627-7692; an online
form at www.marrow.org;
or mail to National Marrow Donor Program, Suite 500, 3001
Broadway Street Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55413-1753.
Mary wants to extend her
most heartfelt thanks to all of you who sent such
beautiful messages of concern, love, healing and humor.
Paul Kehoe put them together in binders for her and she
has read each and every one of them.
Bravo for caring enough to
let Mary know how much you truly do love, respect and
Keep Mary in your hearts,
your thoughts and your prayers. It will make a
difference-- it already has.
Love from Mary's
immediate extended family circle that sends you this note.
P.S. Please do email the
website if you get a bone marrow test. We'd like to know
about each of your gestures in this regard, and be able
share your names with Mary.