Showing posts with label Cancer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cancer. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Zach Sobiech - May 3, 1995 – May 20, 2013 part II

Back in May I wrote "Zach Sobiech - May 3, 1995 – May 20, 2013" about Zach Sobiech, a teenager who had found out that he had a rare bone cancer.

As Adam Mordecai, the guy who brought Zach so much attention, says himself, but it could be about any of us writing about Zach in the blogosphere:

"I'm sad I never got the opportunity to meet him. But 5,000 people who did know him got together to create a giant choir in the middle of the Mall of America. Then they sang his song, which debuted a year ago. The couple in the middle are his wonderful and supportive and brave parents. And I, once again, have become a weepy mess."

And here is the Celebrity Music Video of 'Clouds'

Got to go now, getting very dusty in here...


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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Zach Sobiech - May 3, 1995 – May 20, 2013

You should watch this video.

It shows a true super-hero, a man who looks death in the face and says 'bring it on sucker'.

Fair seas and following seas young man, you have left an amazing, timeless, legacy.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I'm A Winner, Seriously!

Remember me telling you all about Larry Correia's new book back in October 2010? Or, more recently, about Monster Hunter Legion - Limited Signed Edition last month?

Well, then you'll understand why I am over the moon to hear that I am the winner of the Monster Hunter International prize mega package. I'm just blown away.Signed books, a poster and hopefully - and this is priceless - my name in Larry Correia's next book.

And The Winners Are...

The weird thing is that I am a tad cash strapped at the moment, what with having a 3 year old, a 1 year old and a wife at home - and no chance of a promotion or pay raise any time in the near future. So when I read of Jay's plan of raising money for a prostate cancer charity I thought 'nice idea, but I gave at the (tax) office'.

JayG convincing people to sponsor him 

And then I remembered Jason Boas. A friend of mine from high school. We'd gone our separate ways after graduation but I'd been in touch with him here and there over the years and then in the last few months of his life he came to a hospice in my area for care. We were going to meet up but he was just too weak to even chat on the phone sometimes.Sadly, as I reported back then, Jason died in November 2008.

Its nearly November now, and I remember Jason at this time of year so I thought 'heck, I'll donate to this charity and even when I don't win, I'll feel happy about doing it'.

So I'm triply happy; to be able to give to a great charity, to win the mega prize and to be able to remember Jason and pass on to others the message of his charity - 'No Surrender'.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Jason Boas 1974 - 2008

Jason Boas 1974 - 2008

My school friend Jason died from pancreatic cancer last November. Here is the charity he started. His legacy I guess - No Surrender. Click on the pictures to get to the websites.

The BBC story of how he battled can be seen here:

BBC NEWS | Health | 'Cancer at 33 is very lonely'

Music Week had this article about him:

Industry accountant and charity campaigner dies

The Sun wrote this about Jason:

Jason Pledged No Surrender on Cancer

Thinking of you buddy.

Monday, October 26, 2009

What a day!

On Saturday night we received the sad news that a friend of ours had passed away. She was in her late 30's and had been fighting cancer for a year and a half and we already knew that on Friday she'd been taken to hospital where they could help her with the pain.

As is the custom in Judaism she was buried as early as possible, this happened to be Sunday morning.

The saddest part of the whole thing, as if funerals weren't sad anyway, is that her 9 year old daughter was there. The daughter was obviously having a hard time but was being bolstered by the fact that there were over 200 people there, most of whom she recognized.

And then there was the service.

As the 9 year old came to see her mother she screamed and ran off. Her father followed her and slowly managed to cajole her back to the front of the congregation.

Our late friend's brother, sister and father spoke. If we weren't all in tears by then the bravery and maturity of her 9 year old daughter brought a salty drop to our eyes.

She spoke. In front of hundreds of people she spoke. She spoke of her loving mother who was beautiful and fun and the best Mum ever. She spoke about how she'd help her two sisters, aged 4 and 2 to not only grow up as good girls but also to remember their mother.

No-one mentioned that our friend was a hero for battling cancer, or was a world leader in something or that she was a beacon of light in a dark society. They just mentioned that she always smiled, was fun to be around and was a great mother.

I guess the truth hurts the most.

kthanxbai :-(