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Three-time cancer survivor helps decorate White House for holidays
Three-time cancer survivor helps decorate White House for holidays

Tom Goethals had a secret. The Newport Beach resident had watched his wife, whom he had loved since high school, weather round after round of radiation treatment for breast cancer. It was her third time battling cancer since 1988. First it had been skin cancer, then uterine cancer. Unbeknownst to her, Goethals, an Orange County Superior Court judge, had written to the White House in 2009. Could his wife, Patty, lend her decorating skills to the nation's most famous residence for Christmas? The answer was no. This year, he wrote again. He described his wife's battles with cancer. He said Patty, 62, an art major in college, had run a decorating business for more than 20...

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