Remembering Terry Fox on the 33rd Anniversary of the Marathon of Hope

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Thirty-three years ago today, one of the most legendary and momentous events in Canadian (global?) history got set in motion. On this day 33 years ago, 21-year old Terrance Stanley Fox dipped his prosthetic leg into the Atlantic Ocean near St. John’s Newfoundland and began an impossible trek known as the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope. Millions of words have been written about this courageous and inspiring young man so this will not be an …

     

Today is World Health Day – Go Out and Hug a Researcher!

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Every April 13, World Health Day is marked to remember the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. Every year a theme is selected. This years theme is hypertension or high blood pressure. Just the same I wanted to take a second to ask you to ponder how much better we all are for the relentless, creative and indefatigable work of cancer researchers worldwide that have helped bring survival rates from all cancers …

     

Quebec May Finally Be Owning Up to Asbestos Reality

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A story on the CBC brought out some optimism in me that maybe Quebec is finally going to turn the tide on its ridiculous and way off-side, stubborn support for asbestos. This is good news, if long overdue, to all of us who have wondered how long they could hold out against cold hard facts. In their story yesterday Quebec’s asbestos promotion policy may be ending it was noted that “If even in Quebec, with …

     

When Dealing With Cancer, “Loser” Language Doesn’t Work…

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I was very saddened yesterday to learn of the death of Roger Ebert. I, like so many around the world, was impressed and inspired at how he handled his own plight in the aftermath of his cancer surgery years ago that left him disabled and disfigured and unable to eat, drink or speak. And yet, despite his struggles he remained a dominant force in film criticism, blogging, writing (even cookbooks!) and inspired so many of …