Laurie Anastasia

Posted by: In: Memories 04 Apr 2013 Comments: 0

I had the honor of working with Mike in the PET scan unit at St. Elizabeth’s several years ago. I would always look forward to seeing him (even though it was only once a week).
I remember how great he was at his job. How he would tell stories and laugh and joke with the patients. The patients LOVED him, and it was easy to see why. He had a that certain “knack” of putting them at ease during a most worriesome and vunerable time in their lives.
I remember looking up to Mike not only as a co-worker but as a person. I remember thinking, I hope that I will be as good as Mike is when I start my career in radiation therapy. Mike had both the “brains” and the “intellect” which made him so successful. (And the fact that he was cute, didn’t hurt either). He was a natural “giver” and “helper”…. Always willing to lend a hand (or cover for me when I was running late!)
They just dont make many guys like Mike.
Our friendship grew outside of work as well, and even though our lives went down different paths, we remained in touch with each other. He always reached out to ask “How is Arizona treating you?” over the years. I am thankful that I just spoke with him just last week.
Clearly Mike was an amazing person who left many fond memories behind. He touched countless lives through his work and friendship including my own, and I will never forget him.
I can only hope that reading through these stories and reflecting on how much of an incredible person Mike was can ease the sorrow of the many friends and family members he left behind.
He truly left a legacy of compassion and kind-heartedness to all who had the honor of meeting him. My deepest sympathies go out to the Giunta family and friends of Mike. God Bless.

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