We came into work today and learned of some sad news. One of our colleagues had gotten ill a couple of months ago, was diagnosed with cancer and sadly, he passed away over the weekend.
Colin was well known to most of us not only for the work we did together but also all the interesting chats he'd have with many of us. Colin and I talked baseball - one of his joys was going to spring training each year and we talked about that every spring and the World Baseball Classic last year. He'll be sorely missed as a colleague and friend by us all; and we can only imagine what a difficult time it is for his family and dear friends...our thoughts go out to them.
The evil that is cancer continues to torment our lives. We all know too many people who have been impacted by this terrible disease, and we can only hope that a cure or better treatment is found tomorrow. I've had too many friends taken too soon by this disease. Now, over this past month, two more of my friends have been diagnosed with cancer - both are now undergoing surgery to remove it from their bodies. I hope and pray that the surgeries are successful and that they are free from this affliction for the rest of their long and happy lives still to live; and likewise for the many many others who go through this trauma every day/week/month/year.
If only we could see the splendour of the land
To which our loved ones are called from you and me
If only we could hear the welcome they receive
From old familiar voices all so dear
We would not grieve
If only we could know the reason why they went
We'd smile and wipe away the tears that flow
And wait content.