Let us take a moment to reflect on why we do the things we do.
It’s for my heroes.
For my patients that have battled melanoma or sarcoma and have helped move science forward. They truly are a part of every decision I make.
They are my true teachers, my inspirations.
Those who have suffered with an ailment that drives us to understand what makes it such. Those that help me help someone else because they dared to take on something new.
It is amazing to sit alone on a Tuesday night, thinking about things. I often sit in silence, and talk to those who have passed. What did I learn? What could I have done better? What did their lives leave in lessons?
I must admit that I miss my heroes as I sit alone on my couch letting my day settle. They motivate me and enrich a desire in me to find answers to hard questions that should be asked. They ask these questions of me and force me to think and explore the impossible, making it possible. They have departed us in life, but in me they linger and they still teach me.
My patients, those that are still with me and have survived, those who have said their goodbyes, those who are still fighting hard. They are my heroes. And I take a moment to remember them all.
A community surrounds each individual. The University of Iowa Foundation has a retreat once a year for those who want to engage in the fight against cancer with me. I share with you this event in pictures that sometimes speak louder than words. Thank you each hero. Thank you for your fight. Thank you for helping someone other than yourself. Thank you for you selflessness.