My Tribute to Kethan | TEDx World Tour Ends in Magic at Tallaght

Thursday night in Dublin, Ireland was nothing short of magic. As I flew into the Emerald Isle on Thursday afternoon from Rome, I felt the rich hues of green reaching out to embrace me. I have wanted to travel to Ireland all my life. I listen to “trad music,” as my cab driver called it, or to the sounds of bag pipes on St. Andrew’s Day at our school, and my soul moves. It is as if the sound is within me, being heard not through my ears but through my soul.

BWzmFiXIUAArPy0.jpg-largeMy soul moved in Tallaght Thursday night at the Civic Theatre. It is impossible to describe what it feels like to walk out on stage, on to the red dot of a TED stage. Yesterday, I was privileged to make that walk for the fourth time, however, last night was different. As I write this post, I am listening to the same album from Nabiha, Mind the Gap, that I’ve listened to throughout the journey. I met these artists at the airport as I left Austin almost 2 weeks ago. They had just played at the Austin City Limits (ACL) Festival. Their music has moved my soul throughout this TEDx world tour. I listened to it in the green room and in the hallway backstage at TEDxTallaght. It made me dance, move my feet and lightened my heart. Continue Reading →

My Tribute to Kethan | St. Andrew’s Memorial Service

On July 14, I had the privilege of giving one of three tributes/eulogies to a truly special little boy, Kethan. My tribute can be found here. I have included the text below, since it is a bit difficult to hear:

I will never forget the day that brought Kethan into my life. As many of you know, our former head of school, Lucy Nazro, always hosted a reception for each of the grades at the start of every new school year. I remember exactly where I was standing on the deck at the back of her house when I met two of the most amazing people in the world. Sumi and Lokesh. Their son, Kethan, was starting first grade just like our daughter Kyla. When I heard he was fighting cancer just like my wife was fighting a recurrence of her breast cancer, something stirred inside of me. Continue Reading →

someday is today: Kethan’s Story

A little over 5 years ago, my wife, Maureen’s, breast cancer recurred. She is doing well, but not long after our family’s journey with cancer took this new turn, I met Kethan. He, like my daughter, was starting 1st grade at St. Andrew’s. I had the privilege of meeting Kethan, his mom and his dad early on in the school year. Kethan has been my honored hero (and little brother) ever since.

Kethan’s battle with leukemia changed my life, brought me to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; and as this video makes clear, this commitment to LLS has now come full circle. From a term as board chair of the local chapter to my role on the national board of representatives to 4 rides around Lake Tahoe with Team in Training and a couple of Mission Days in Washington, DC in 2012 and 2013, my work with LLS has been unbelievably rewarding.

LLS is a great organization, and Kethan’s story makes clear that they will “move heaven and earth to help patients” in the words of LLS’s CEO, John Walter. Unfortunately, the original Kethan’s Story, shot in May, was one of hope. We expected him back in 6th grade. On July 11, his return to 6th grade was stopped in its tracks. This “human rainbow of one” left this world for the next. However, like all rainbows, Kethan never lost hope. I will never forget this special young man. We must now continue his fight. Thank you LLS for this fitting tribute to Kethan and his family.