My Tribute to Kethan | Making a Difference

As I shared in my recent post about my TEDx world tour for Kethan, this journey is sparked by the deep impact that Kethan and my wife, Maureen’s, cancer have had on my life, my work and my soul.

It is my deep belief that the “Power of People. Connected.” will be vital to finally dethroning the “Emperor of all Maladies,” as Sidhartha Mukherjee calls it in his book of the same name. As I make my journey from Malaysia to Rome to Dublin, it is my hope that my TEDx talks will spark a desire in each of us to follow our souls and our hearts to be inspired like I have been by Kethan. That inspiration can and will take many different forms. We can each be a pebble that creates our own ripple effect in the pond of humanity.

For me, there are a few causes or ponds into which I am throwing my pebble in the fight with cancer. 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.