I have made a career of calling people to service. In the classroom, on the web, on stages around the world I have tried to equip an army of the hopeful to improve society. I never made a promise to that legion that our cause was guaranteed, or easy, or simple. But I did try and give hope. That hope continues with or without my cancer, or my very life. But while I have the ability to put towards to it, I will do so with hope.
I am very proud, and hope-filled, to call myself among those who are answering your call, Dave. I will never, ever forget what you told me when I was searching for my research agenda. It was as if you knew, you knew, that what I was actually, really looking for was my life’s purpose. We are gladiators. I salute you.