Thursday, November 29, 2007

No jokes today, people

If you've been here before, you well know that I pretty much hate everyone. And if you haven't, well...now you know.

There are, however, exceptions to my general disdain for the human race. One of them is my friend DeeDee, who somehow always manages to be as kind, compassionate, and funny as she is gorgeous.

Sadly, I learned today that DeeDee's father lost his battle with lung cancer on November 18.

Her pop was a dashingly handsome, charming, hardworking man who raised wonderful kids and treated his wife like gold. The rarity of men like him makes his an even greater loss.

Because she is her dad's girl, DeeDee is thinking of others during her own most difficult days, and has chosen to do something productive with her pain. Instead of curling up in a heartbroken ball like most of us would, she's decided to raise money for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a way to show her appreciation for the care they provided for her father over the last three years.

My girl DeeDee, she doesn't screw around. She's set a fundraising goal of $25,000 for herself in the next year. If she succeeds, a wall at the hospital will be dedicated in memory of her dad.

There's not much I can do to help or comfort Dee and her family right now. What I can do is ask you to help her meet her goal, and help save lives by funding lung cancer research. It is presently the least-funded of all forms of cancer research, due in part to the perception that only smokers get it. Not so. DeeDee's dad hadn't smoked in over 40 years, and according to Sloan Kettering, 20% of their lung cancer patients have never smoked at all.

I know it's a tough time of year, and most of us don't have much money to spare. But if you can, please click here to make a donation in memory of Peter Hatzis. If not now, no worries...you can be sure that I'll give you several reminders throughout the coming year. Either way, thank you, very sincerely.

As for you, Mr. H...you will be as lovingly remembered as you are terribly missed by everyone who knew you. Rest well.

4 Comments:

Blogger David said...

I'll have to wait to see what Mookie's medical expenses are going to run me before I can commit to anything. My condolences to DeeDee and her family.

2:22 PM  
Blogger rodger said...

"The rarity of men like him makes his an even greater loss."

And for that I've made a donation. You, Dee and her family are in my thoughts Helen.

12:50 AM  
Blogger Shan said...

Sorry to hear about your friend's loss. It's been a pretty sad couple of weeks at my end too.

'Len please blog soon :)

12:34 PM  
Blogger Denise Hatzis said...

WOW. You, my friend, are a BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL person. I just randomly came across this posting - just kinda bored at work and did a quick search under my daddy's name just to see what would pop up, and THIS was one of the first results. I am utterly beside myself with the eloquence of what you have written, the absolute beauty of what you said and how you felt about my father after meeting him just once. You truly are a blessed indivdual..thank you so much for the sweetest of words, I'll be sure to pass this post onto my family and friends. And thank you to your lovely friends who have made a donation too - beautiful people have beautiful friends, and you have just made that official in my mind and heart. Thank you. Denise

11:49 AM  

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