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November 19, 2013
We would never penalize a child for getting better.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation • Responding to those who criticized the organization for doing its absolute best to give a five-year-old the opportunity to feel like a superhero for a day, after learning that Miles Scott (a.k.a Batkid) is currently in remission.
16:05 // 11 months ago
August 10, 2013

Henrietta Lacks died 62 years ago, but her cells live on … this time, with her family’s consent.

  • 74k the number of studies that have been conducted using the cells of Henrietta Lacks, a Baltimore woman who died of cervical cancer more than 62 years ago. Lacks’ cells proved to be hugely influential to the medical community, providing building blocks to a number of major discoveries in the decades between. One problem: Lacks never agreed to this, nor did her family… until this week, that is. The family reached a deal with the National Institutes of Health over the issue, though the deal does not include compensation for usage of the cells by the medical community. source
22:45 // 1 year ago
April 4, 2013
More on Roger Ebert's passing: Legendary film critic Roger Ebert has died at the age of 70 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Ebert’s career began with the Chicago Sun-Times back in 1967,  and many assumed it would be over after a June 2006 surgery cost Ebert his jaw and voice. However, the film critic persisted, reviewing more than 200 films a year for the Sun-Times, and more than 300 during 2012. Ebert became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize back in 1975, and was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. He is survived by his wife, step-daughter, and two step-grandchildren. (Photo via Chicago Magazine)

More on Roger Ebert's passing: Legendary film critic Roger Ebert has died at the age of 70 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Ebert’s career began with the Chicago Sun-Times back in 1967,  and many assumed it would be over after a June 2006 surgery cost Ebert his jaw and voice. However, the film critic persisted, reviewing more than 200 films a year for the Sun-Times, and more than 300 during 2012. Ebert became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize back in 1975, and was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. He is survived by his wife, step-daughter, and two step-grandchildren. (Photo via Chicago Magazine)

16:06 // 1 year ago
My newspaper job is my identity.

Roger Ebert dies at 70 after battle with cancer — Chicago Sun-Times

(More on Roger here)

15:46 // 1 year ago
March 20, 2013
16:12 // 1 year ago
March 5, 2013
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s health is on the decline according to a new report from the Venezuelan government which confirmed that Chavez continues to have trouble breathing, and has developed a new respiratory infection. In fact, many are apparently beginning to wonder if we aren’t witnessing the outspoken South American leader’s final days.  (Photo courtesy of Ukberri) source
EDIT: Hugo Chavez has died. Follow this tag for more info.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s health is on the decline according to a new report from the Venezuelan government which confirmed that Chavez continues to have trouble breathing, and has developed a new respiratory infection. In fact, many are apparently beginning to wonder if we aren’t witnessing the outspoken South American leader’s final days.  (Photo courtesy of Ukberri) source

EDIT: Hugo Chavez has died. Follow this tag for more info.

16:17 // 1 year ago
February 28, 2013
14:23 // 1 year ago
February 1, 2013
I got exactly less than 1 month left until my 26th birthday February 8. Hopefully I live to see it. I really have been getting a lot of support with kind words and prayers from all over the world with this battle with cancer. Thank you and I will continue to fight for us!!!!
Boxer Omar Henry • In a January 9 post on his Facebook fan page. His birthday is February 8. He died Friday of Stage 4 gall bladder cancer — before he had a chance to reach his dream of becoming the undisputed super welterweight champion. With a 12-0-1 record, he had a genuine shot at reaching it untile he got sick last fall.
17:49 // 1 year ago
November 12, 2012
12:04 // 1 year ago
October 6, 2012
laughingsquid:

Comedian Tig Notaro’s Legendary Set Now Available Through Louis C.K.

Louis CK’s e-mail regarding this was epic. An excerpt:

Well, Tig is a friend of mine and she is very funny. I love her voice on stage. One night I was performing at a club in LA called Largo. Tig was there. She was about to go on stage. I hadn’t seen Tig in about a year and I said how are you? She replied “well I found out today that I have cancer in both breasts and that it has likely spread to my lymph nodes. My doctor says it looks real bad. “. She wasn’t kidding. I said “uh. Jesus. Tig. Well. Do you… Have your family… Helping?”. She said “well my mom was with me but a few weeks ago she fell down, hit her head and she died”. She still wasn’t kidding.
Now, I’m pretty stupid to begin with, and I sure didn’t know what to say now. I opened my mouth and this came out. “jeez, Tig. I. Really value you. Highly.”. She said “I value you highly too, Louie.”. Then she held up a wad of note-paper in her hand and said “I’m gonna talk about all of it on stage now. It’s probably going to be a mess”. I said “wow”. And with that, she went on stage.
I stood in the wings behind a leg of curtain, about 8 feet from her, and watched her tell a stunned audience “hi. I have cancer. Just found out today. I’m going to die soon”. What followed was one of the greatest standup performances I ever saw. I can’t really describe it but I was crying and laughing and listening like never in my life. Here was this small woman standing alone against death and simply reporting where her mind had been and what had happened and employing her gorgeously acute standup voice to her own death.
The show was an amazing example of what comedy can be. A way to visit your worst fears and laugh at them. Tig took us to a scary place and made us laugh there. Not by distracting us from the terror but by looking right at it and just turning to us and saying “wow. Right?”. She proved that everything is funny. And has to be. And she could only do this by giving us her own death as an example. So generous.

Worth repeating: ”She proved that everything is funny. And has to be. And she could only do this by giving us her own death as an example. So generous.”

laughingsquid:

Comedian Tig Notaro’s Legendary Set Now Available Through Louis C.K.

Louis CK’s e-mail regarding this was epic. An excerpt:

Well, Tig is a friend of mine and she is very funny. I love her voice on stage. One night I was performing at a club in LA called Largo. Tig was there. She was about to go on stage. I hadn’t seen Tig in about a year and I said how are you? She replied “well I found out today that I have cancer in both breasts and that it has likely spread to my lymph nodes. My doctor says it looks real bad. “. She wasn’t kidding. I said “uh. Jesus. Tig. Well. Do you… Have your family… Helping?”. She said “well my mom was with me but a few weeks ago she fell down, hit her head and she died”. She still wasn’t kidding.

Now, I’m pretty stupid to begin with, and I sure didn’t know what to say now. I opened my mouth and this came out. “jeez, Tig. I. Really value you. Highly.”. She said “I value you highly too, Louie.”. Then she held up a wad of note-paper in her hand and said “I’m gonna talk about all of it on stage now. It’s probably going to be a mess”. I said “wow”. And with that, she went on stage.

I stood in the wings behind a leg of curtain, about 8 feet from her, and watched her tell a stunned audience “hi. I have cancer. Just found out today. I’m going to die soon”. What followed was one of the greatest standup performances I ever saw. I can’t really describe it but I was crying and laughing and listening like never in my life. Here was this small woman standing alone against death and simply reporting where her mind had been and what had happened and employing her gorgeously acute standup voice to her own death.

The show was an amazing example of what comedy can be. A way to visit your worst fears and laugh at them. Tig took us to a scary place and made us laugh there. Not by distracting us from the terror but by looking right at it and just turning to us and saying “wow. Right?”. She proved that everything is funny. And has to be. And she could only do this by giving us her own death as an example. So generous.

Worth repeating: ”She proved that everything is funny. And has to be. And she could only do this by giving us her own death as an example. So generous.”

13:22 // 2 years ago