A silver lining to being unemployed is having endless afternoons to go for long runs (interviews not withstanding). Today was a damp and foggy one. As I ran south along Lake Michigan, my mind wandered to my friend Mark and his family. Mark is my childhood friend from New Jersey. His father Jerry is battling cancer. I lost my own dad to cancer in 1985, so I feel for him. This video is for Jerry and the Shustermans. I hope it injects a bit of levity into a very serious situation. Jerry, I'm rooting for you! LIVE STRONG!!!
UPDATE: GOODBYE, JERRY
My friend Mark's father, Jerry Shusterman, passed away quietly early Thanksgiving morning, surrounded by his family. Jerry was one of the American Cancer Society patient "honorees" whom I ran the Chicago Marathon for. Mark sent me a photo of Jerry wearing the ribbon I'd worn during the race, which I sent back to him. He told me that his dad was so thrilled, he began wearing the ribbon to his treatments! I'd hoped to wear a "Survivor" ribbon for Jerry in next year's race but alas, I'll be wearing one in memory of him instead. Mark, my thoughts are with you and your family. Jerry was a good man who will be missed by many!