Milo and Alfie have had a great push for LiveStrong and to go yellow. Today the people who belong to our friends Diva Kitty, Max, Jeter and Skeezix are out walking for breast cancer and we should promote them by wearing pink.
So I refuse the colors and want to remember those for whom a cure wasn’t soon enough. My grandfather, the Woman’s father died of stomach cancer. The Woman’s dear friend and the best veterinary technician ever died of skin cancer (though she too was a survivor for it was 7 years after her class 4 diagnosis back in the 5 class diagnosis era). Of course, our friend Storm died of cancer, and Fat Eric and Sniffie, both of whom left us so recently. The Woman lost both her Pookie Cat and her beloved Oscar Grey to lymphosarcoma as well.
We honor those who live with cancer. We honor Milo and Alfie’s person. We honor Zoolatry’s Papa. We honor the Woman’s aunt who is a cancer survivor. We honor the patients who have walked through the Woman’s office with grace and humor and who have walked their own walks.
A few years ago the Woman did the Susan G. Koman walk in Portland. She was walking with a group of friends. She and another friend had an aunt with the same name. The Woman walked with her sign that said in honor of. Her friend walked with the sign that said In Memory of. As a third friend said, standing with them, what a difference a word makes.
We honor those who are walking today in San Francisco and those who are choosing to honor those Survivors by going yellow. You’ll excuse me if I don’t go all colors–I just couldn’t get yellow and pink to match with my blue eyes…