Different cancer, same awful ending

Twice in one day I heard those dreaded awful words “lost the battle with cancer”. Today Hollywood icon Farrah Fawcett lost her brave and very public battle with anal cancer while earlier this week, 15-year old Derrick (the son of a friend’s friend) quietly and privately succumbed to Leukemia. Two very different figures, very different cancers, but their loss no less tragic to their family and loved ones. Like so many, their lives were cut way too short. It astonishes me that with all the advances in technology and billions of dollars poured into research, people are still dying of cancer. The good news is, progress is being made and programs like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training are making a difference and that is why I wake up at the crack of dawn every day to train for the Long Beach half marathon. This Saturday as I run through the hills of Palos Verdes with the south bay team, I will be thinking about Derrick’s mom and that awful pain that no mother should know.

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