My husband and I have known Milly and Vincent Koh for 36 years. They are highly respected pillars of our community.
Milly supports international understanding through the Saga City Sister City Exchange Program. She attends to the details involved in giving local families the opportunity to host Japanese guests, arranges exchanges of middle school, high school and community college students from Saga City to our area and from local schools to Saga City. She prepares students to understand the cultural nuances involved in staying in the home of a Japanese family and teaches them basic Japanese. Milly helps the Adirondack Hot Air Balloon Festival host Japanese balloonists and local balloon teams to go to the Saga Balloon Festival.
Vincent is the founder, conductor and music director of the World Civic Orchestra and Choir. Milly handles behind the scenes arrangements for the international staff of musicians, further enhancing international understanding through music.
We were shocked to see they were accused of dispensing a brand of rituximab that wasn’t FDA approved. Rituximab is an important anti-cancer drug, and we’re sure they would not have purchased it if they knew that the brand they ordered was not legal in the U.S. Nor would they have dispensed a medication that they believed could harm patients. That is not consistent with the careful, responsible physician we know Vincent to be. Likely the non-FDA approved drug was purchased from a reputable supplier, trusting that the supplier would not sell it if it were not FDA approved. Rituximab is not illegal in the U.S., it is not a narcotic and has no street value.
We consider ourselves fortunate to count the Kohs among our friends and colleagues. This area would be poorer if Milly and Vincent Koh had not chosen to make it their home.
Kathleen and John Braico, Queensbury