Saturday, July 26, 2008
A Great Loss
On Friday, I heard of the loss of Dr. Randy Pausch. Dr. Pausch was a Carnegie-Mellon professor who delivered "The Last Lecture" speech about the importance of achieving your childhood dreams. He died on Friday after a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 47. His story is told on the Carnegie-Mellon website and also on his own website. Links to his wonderful speech are on these sites. Donations in his honor can be sent to PANCAN: Pancreatic Action Network This is a wonderful organization to which we have made donations in honor of my father, Robert Collins, who died of pancreatic cancer in 1993 and my husband's grandfather, Robert Henderson, who died of the disease in 1999. This organization was not around when my father was diagnosed and there was little support for us as we went through it with him. As any doctor will tell you, if you are going to get cancer, this is not the one you want to get. My thoughts are with Dr. Pausch's family. He leaves behind his wife and three children.