I read about Randy Pausch, Computer Science Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, who has been struck with terminal pancreatic cancer. Professor Pausch is a very well known and liked lecturer that you can see from the included video clips from Youtube.com
I immediately googled the lecture from youtube.com and ordered his book as physical copy and I also ordered a Kindle version so I could start reading it immediately. Professor Pausch decided to make his story remembered, not because he wanted us to feel sorry for him, but to make us remember that each and every day is a gift to us and we should make sure we take advantage of that.
I was reminded of our short stay on this planet by a friend and colleague of mine recently. A former colleague from the past has recently passed away in another form of cancer and it is hard to accept that a person that I have spent numerous hours with different clients and internal meetings is no longer with us. Each and every day that we live, we need to make sure that we celebrate our living and live our lives to the fullest.
Another person that survived cancer and decided to spend time to educate the public about cancer is Lance Armstrong who had a sever form of testicular cancer with poor prognosis of survival. He survived and has spend a tremendous amount of time educating people around this topic. He has a foundation to help to raise the awareness of cancer and this work is tremendously valuable. Each and everybody of us have friends and family around us that will sooner or later face cancer and the more we are aware of it, the sooner we can help these people to cope with the battle of cancer. The Lance Armstrong Foundation LiveStrong blog has discussions and entries about people from all walks of life and I have to say that this type of work is tremendously valuable and I appreciate the people doing this type of work.
I flew to witness Lance Armstrong to get his 7th Tour de France win in France (we spent a few days in Paris). Lance has been interviewed many times in different medias, one of the latest ones was in CNBC by CNBC’s maria Bartiromo (I like her reporting style). Wall Street Journal made a story of Professor Pausch final lecture as can be seen below:
The full lecture can be see below:
These will show to the listeners that fight for cancer has to continue and we all need to be reminded of. Let’s live our each day to its fullest!