A person I admire

July 25, 2008 at 7:53 pm (Melodie)

A person that I have never met, but admire greatly died today. He became very famous after delivering his “last lecture” and was a professor at Carnegie-Mellon. He delivered the lecture after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The main goal of the last lecture was to provide his children with guidance after he died. I don’t want to say too much about him, I don’t want to say his name – but it is important for me to write about what it meant to me to listen to this lecture.

I first learned about him on Oprah, he inspired me to become a better person, to have a more positive outlook on life, to enjoy my family and each day that I woke up healthy. I am so sad for his family, for his wife and three young children. He was such an awesome man, a brilliant man who knew exactly what was most important in life. I have listened and watched the lecture and am anxious to listen again. I love it when a person can inspire those around them to be better humans.

I’m sad that this incredible human, a person who never harmed anyone and contributed to his family and society in monumental ways, died from the worst type of cancer ever. No one deserves to die in pain and no parent should outlive their child.

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