Maire’s Journey – an event honoring cardiac sarcoma patients


Thursday, April 11, 2019


4:00pm - 5:30pm


Danto Auditorium, CVC 2


The Frankel Cardiovascular Center invites you to a special event honoring cardiac sarcoma patients. The event includes a special film screening of the documentary “Maire’s Journey” which chronicles the last months of Maire Kent’s life, one of the Center’s cardiac sarcoma patients, who shares her treatments, travels and ultimately, her one-of-a-kind memorial.

Maire’s dying wish was to have her ashes sail from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. Her desire to reach the ocean came to be after she met a blind carpenter, George Wurtzel, who crafted Maire’s small sailboat. The film “Maire’s Journey” takes the audience on a true to life understanding of what a battle of cancer can look like, the deep, personal relationships she had with her doctors and how many people from all walks of life helped Maire reach the ocean because of her message written on the sail.

The event will begin with an introduction by Dr. Monika Leja, Maire’s doctor, followed by a special film screening and a discussion forum with cardiac sarcoma survivors. Then the three-foot wooden sailing vessel in its new display case will be unveiled, a centerpiece of the film, that carried Maire’s remains to the ocean. The boat will be on permanent display at the Frankel CVC.