I have said it before, and i will say it again…cancer is a thief…it steals from us those that we love and it takes from us the talents & gifts that they were blessed with, as well. Yesterday, cancer stole another well known person of talent, Paul Newman passed away. Every person has merit and it isn’t that we acknowledge only those who are well known…but, because this is such a large world…it is important to mention that cancer steals people from all over the world; rich-poor, well known-and lesser known, married-single, old-young, male-female. Cancer does not care who it takes…it just takes. So we lose laborers, artists & musicians, educators, inventors, doctors, lawyers, researchers, librarians, farmers, janitors, we lose mothers/fathers, sisters/brothers,husbands/wives, and we lose children…we lose so very much that it hurts the tapestry of our lives!
It would be a great day to make a donation to one of the charities that battle back against such an enemy. http://www.standup2cancer.org/ or http://www.holeinthewallgang.org/ or http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp.
I love that Paul Newman was a person of integrity and dedication. He supported charities for many years that benefitted those afflicted by cancer and other devastating diseases…long before it affected his own physical being. He cared; he cared enough to do something about it. Paul Newman and his business partner created Newman’s Own line of salad dressings and other food items and donated the profits from that company to charities that benefitted many.
It is with grace and dignity that he battled the disease that took his life. He lived his life as he wanted and didn’t appear to play games that some celebrities do regarding their status. I liked that about him. If that means that we didn’t get to know all kinds of personal and private information about him and his family…so what. It just means that he didn’t buy into all the hype of being famous. So, he had a long line of acting credits to his name, he made a name for himself with his race car driving, and his charities. What matters most is that he loved his family and he positively impacted others with the gifts that he was blessed with.
That is the way we should all hope to be remembered…we lived, we loved and we left the world a better place by giving back in the ways that matter most!