Breve Carta a Papá 12 años después de su partida

Hace 12 años que te fuiste, el 16 de enero del 2005… víctima de un cancer de hígado fulminante que te llevó en cuestión de días, después de descubrir que tenías cancer. Nos sentimos tan impotentes!

Siempre pienso en ti, viejo. Te recuerdo: tus chistes malos con tu incredible sentido del humor (los cuales heredé), tu amor por la humanidad que siempre empezó por casa, y tu sabiduría que me ha guiado desde que te fuiste.

Mamá sigue deteriorándose. Hace una semana la mudamos a skilled nursing porque se negaba a recibir la atención que necesitaba en assisted living. No te voy a negar: es duro ver su mente apagarse poco a poco: siempre cree que soy mi tío. Pero una constante es que aún te recuerda: la tuya es una de las fotos que tiene en su cuarto.

En fin… te queremos y te echamos de menos, papá. No dejes de echarnos un ojo desde donde estás.

Randy Pausch: The New Morrie

Years ago, I read “Tuesdays With Morrie” with tears in my eyes. To date it’s the only book I’ve read more than twice in my life.

Today, there is a Morrie still among us. His name is Randy Pausch and if the fact that he made the TIME 100 list is not enough, I truly recommend you watch his Last Lecture:

I thought I should point out Professor Pausch is dying from pancreatic cancer. He gave this last lecture at Carnegie Mellon’s McConomy Auditorium, Sept. 18, 2007. The name of the talk was “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.”

So what are you going to do to make your childhood dreams come true?

Touched By Cancer

So many people touched by cancer these days… so many. Today we’re running a story on this very topic in our Student Portal in Full Sail. Here’s an excerpt from it that touched me deeply:

“It has been far from easy to be 19 and brush your hair into a trash can in the morning, or get up at 5am to go to PT and get treatments, but make sure to leave the hospital in time to beat traffic to get to class….” – A Show Production graduate – May 2007 who just found out she is now cancer-free.

Coincidentally, I read this post on the blog of Michael Fergusson, where he shares the story of how cancer has touched his family and what they’re doing about it.

There’s a lot you can do. Take action: raise awareness, raise funds, raise your voice.