"A nurse terminally ill with cancer volunteered to be a subject of research for students from her alma mater." "SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. — It was early November when Martha Keochareon called the nursing school at Holyoke Community College, her alma mater. She had a proposal, which she laid out in a voice mail message. 'I have cancer,' she said after introducing herself, 'and I’m wondering if you’ll need somebody to do a case study on, a hospice patient.' Perhaps some nursing students 'just want to feel what a tumor feels like,' she went on. Or they could learn something about hospice care, which aims to help terminally ill people die comfortably at home. 'Maybe you’ll have some ambitious student that wants to do a project,' Ms. Keochareon (pronounced CATCH-uron) said after leaving her phone number. 'Thank you. Bye.'"