Last year, I wrote four names on a tag and hung it off my fanny pack, to recognize cancer patients and survivors.
This year, I took my hat to have it scribed with eight names. Not a comprehensive list, but a good microcosm of diversity among cancer's targets.
My sister Mary, breast cancer.
My friend Jobeth, ovarian cancer.
My old friend Sabine, brain cancer.
Julie, breast cancer.
Denise, pancreatic cancer.
Lisa, thyroid cancer.
Andrew D'Angelo, the composer and jazz musician.
Ted Kennedy, the Lion of the Senate.