I shared my pain with you when Kate Boone died in April. I was grateful to be able to share her story with you. And I have been grateful to get to know her mother, a little, on Facebook. She published a final blog post on Kate’s blog yesterday, taking us through Kate’s final days, speaking about her pain, and telling us some things we didn’t know about Kate the Great. I urge you to read this monumentally moving post.
Via Facebook, I also learned about another melanoma patient in New Zealand, Jeffrey Paterson, whose disease first struck him young (age 16). He is now 23, and he and his family and friends have made valiant efforts to raise funding and awareness about funding for melanoma drugs in New Zealand, a country with one of the highest incidences of melanoma in the world. His struggle to have his medication funded is one that is all too common.
Unfortunately, his disease has progressed beyond his treatment options, and he has started hospice care. I’m so sad that yet another life is ending much, much too soon.