Thousands of people including myself have been following veteran American journalist Leroy Siever’s daily blog “My Cancer” on NPR (National Public Radio) in the U.S. and around the world. His daily journals on his struggles and thoughts about his cancer formed a community – a community of so many people around the world who have been affected by cancer. He brought solace and support to more people than he probably imagined it would. Just reading comments left by readers is amazing how much of an impact he had by writing this blog.
Leroy passed away last night and I write this with a heavy heart. Although he was told he was only going to live for 6 months, he lived for 2 1/2 years. So many people got used to reading his daily emails and like me, probably wished for a miracle that his cancer would stop growing.
I contemplated for a few seconds on whether I should write about this on a FOOD BLOG. But then, I thought about it and realized that this is MY blog and although food is my passion, fighting cancer is equally important to me also. During this past year, THREE very close people to me have been fighting advanced stage cancers and it is a disease that does not discriminate and it is very sad.
This Friday, 22 August 2008 is Daffodil Day in Australia and 29 August in New Zealand. Please buy a bunch of daffodils for $5 and/or donate to your local Cancer Council or Cancer Society. There will be many volunteers (including myself) this week selling Daffodil Day items so look out for us please!
Links to some cancer organisations: