Saturday, May 17, 2008

Kanzius Update

I've thought of John Kanzius' radiowave-nanoparticle effort to whip cancer since the 60 Minutes' piece. Here's an article with some impressive detail about where the initiative is. Mr. Kanzius has set up his own foundation to raise funds and awareness. It's permanently linked now on my page. We'll be making a contribution soon, and I hope many of you join us.

I ran twice this week, both early jogs. After a four-miler with Pepper, I flipped on the TV and surfed past the local Fox affiliate. When I realized they were doing a story about young leukemia patients at St. Jude's in Memphis, I surfed back. The reporter talked about two very young patients, one that was doing well and another that wasn't. I started getting misty when Kathryn walked in. She just stared at me, recognizing the story's theme immediately. One year ago, I knew very little about this disease; now, I know way too much. It seems to be at every turn these days.

I don't talk about work on this blog, but I'll share something of generic interest. I was presented with a situation a few weeks ago that required some fortitude to get through. A few years ago, I'm not sure I would have faced it well. Living through the last year, however, has strengthened my resolve to do what's right, even if it's uncomfortable. I've learned the path to less resistance can be self-serving, even selfish.

"Life's too short" isn't a cliche, it's the damn truth. I'm enjoying addressing new challenges and working to kick each one square in the backside, just like Dori and many of our friends are. I reflect on their courage often, which emboldens my own resolve when things start looking choppy. Don't back down, stay calm ... just like them ... and stay principled. Who can be afraid of that?


Renee Brown said...

Thanks for the link, Jim.

Bob and I just donated.

Love to you, Dori, the kids and all.


Jim said...

Great job, Renee and Bob! I couldn't imagine not supporting this effort, given the promise and its importance. I hope many others join us. Cheers, and love to you and Bob.