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The Saving of Gordon is a true story of courage and determination…

Gordon Eric Aldrich was born on July 31st, 1960, in a small town in Michigan to Gordon and Charlotte Aldrich. Several years after he was born, the family moved to Statesville, North Carolina. Gordon’s childhood was that of any healthy boy raised in the South.

After graduation from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, Gordon’s first job was selling office equipment. Then Gordon found his true “calling” when he went to work for Altec Industries selling bucket trucks and digger derricks to the utilities industry. He just loved playing with trucks!

Gordon and I met in 1984 and were married on March 22, 1986. We made our home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Like most men, Gordon enjoyed his “toys.” We originally bought a boat, but we soon changed to motor homes. He loved to travel across our country as much as he loved to call on his customers.

On May 13, 2004, Gordon was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer. Despite the fact that he was young, strong, and determined to beat the odds, his cancer was more aggressive than his treatments. Gordon died on May 13, 2006, two years to the day after he was diagnosed, right after our twentieth wedding anniversary. There was a bucket truck arch at his visitation and funeral. People from across the country came to say good-bye to a kind man with a booming voice and an easy laugh.

…and a story of love, devotion and sacrifice.

Joni James Aldrich believes that she has been preparing to write The Saving of Gordon and The Losing of Gordon for most of her life. As a child, she was a better than average student. She wrote dramatic poetry. Before college, she worked at a newspaper. In her professional career, she has worked in analysis, documentation, communications and public speaking. She has also been able to utilize her love of photography into the design of the books. But her real motivation for writing this book was two years of crisis in the cancer school of hard knocks. She feels it is her destiny to relay this story to readers in a way that will help them in their own cancer journey. It is her hope that someday that journey will no longer be necessary for anyone.

“We are born with a path to our own destiny. Some roads we choose. Some roads are chosen for us.”


Note to my readers:
The statistics are sobering. The 2008 estimated cancer cases in the United States by the American Cancer Society: 1.44 million newly diagnosed cases, approximately 4,000 per day. This is more than the population of some whole towns in North Carolina.

Behind every cancer victim, the readers who need The Saving of Gordon grow exponentially. Each patient will have at least one caregiver, someone whose loving devotion is focused on their day-to-day survival. The need grows from there, extending to numerous family members, friends and others, who are desperate for guidance, advice, comfort and a way to help.

The Saving of Gordon would have made a difference for us. It can make a difference for others.

You are not alone.

Connecting through Compassion