Happy 95th Birthday Charlotte!
In 1977, Apple computer was starting up in a garage, Muhammad Ali and George foreman were top fighters, and Charlotte, at the age of 55, began fighting for sick patients through her own start-up; the Gerson Institute.
March 27th is always a special day for us at the Gerson Institute, and this year is even more special because Charlotte is celebrating her 95th turn around the sun! Her immensley warm and luminous spirit continues to beam her message of determination and hope throughout the world.
Those who have met her certainly are familiar with her feisty nature and conviction, and it was this tenacity that urged Charlotte to begin sharing her father’s book, A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases. Her dedication birthed an organization that would honor her father’s memory and spread his message of hope and healing with the Gerson Therapy, growing it into a world-renowned pillar of alternative healing and a pioneer of healthy living. As Charlotte’s daughter, Margaret, would say, “the battles were innumerable, but somehow she always found the right people to stand by her”.
Birthday greetings and well wishes have been pouring in online and by mail, and now those that stood by Charlotte share their birthday well wishes…
“Throughout her life from that on her regular visits to patients at the various Gerson hospitals were a source of energy, inspiration and enlightenment to the frightened and doubtful of these people, mostly fighting terminal cancer.”
– Margaret Straus, daughter of Charlotte Gerson
“I could write extensively about the contributions Charlotte has made to this powerful work. I could share funny stories of some of our experiences, express deep gratitude for the decades of support she has given to me along with talking about her grit and the fact that she never once considered giving up. Her heart was on fire consistently to help people who were suffering.
“I will only summarize with one line of a poem, Charlotte’s Song, that I wrote in her honor for her 88th birthday:
She truly is the
Keeper of the Legacy
Teacher of the Tradition and
Protector of the Hopeless”
– Anita Wilson, Executive Director of the Gerson Institute, on behalf of the staff and board of directors
“[…] at first I honestly did not believe. Now, there is no doubt what this therapy can do. Her dedication to the patient is incredible. She always cares. She always worries. Her heart is always in what’s right for the individual patient. I’m grateful to God for Charlotte Gerson and wish her and her family joy, good health and happiness”.
– Gerson Clinic Mexico, head clinical doctor
“That Charlotte bears a gift beyond price to the world, including her offspring, should be obvious to all. But to be the son or daughter of this powerful woman comes with the obligation to carry the work forward, to help those in pain, to bear the burden she along has carried for decades.”
– Howard Straus, son of Charlotte Gerson
We asked our friends and supporters to send photos of, or with, Charlotte for a special birthday video tribute. Charlotte is happily enjoying her retirement in Italy, but she loves to receive your cards and reminisce with photos and stories!
We compiled all of your photo submissions, along with a treasure trove of vintage photos from the Gerson family, for Charlotte – and all of you – to enjoy!
Celebrate Charlotte’s birthday with us!
Here’s how YOU can honor Charlotte on her 95th birthday:
Charlotte Gerson ℅
The Gerson Institute
San Diego, CA 92176
- Give the gift of health – make a donation to the Gerson Institute!
- Learn the founding principles of the Gerson Therapy by reading Dr. Gerson’s book,
A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases
- Make a healthy, delicious Gerson meal with our Gerson Therapy Cookbook!
- Tell someone you know about the Gerson Therapy and visit us www.gerson.org!
Written by: Kayla Szampruch
Post by: Nicole Ferrer and Kayla Szampruch