Breast Cancer Is Not A Pink Ribbon – Darryle Pollack on Huffington Post

In a recent Huffington Post article, Darryle Pollack paid tribute to Barbie Ritzco who signed up to be a Marine, to be on the front lines fighting America’s battles, not on the front lines fighting breast cancer. In February 2011, she was diagnosed with Stage IIIB Breast Cancer, four months after being deployed to Afghanistan.

On September 26, 2014, cancer swallowed up Barbie Ritzco at age 39, cutting short a remarkable life. Her loss has hit hard. It’s hard to accept that even for the toughest and worthiest warriors, battle metaphors don’t quite fit the truths of cancer.

Barbie taught other truths of cancer along the way.
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Live Each Day To Its Fullest – A Cancer Survivor’s Story

The other week, I attended the Bat Mitzvah of a family friend. This event was a milestone not only for the thirteen-year-old girl being celebrated, but for her dad, who is living with an advanced and aggressive colon cancer. He made a vow to make it to this important day – and he did.  The minute the service began, most of us in the congregation began to cry. Here was this luminous girl, leading the service with clarity and confidence – which is difficult under normal circumstances. But she had to do her Hebrew learning and mitzvah preparations while living in a house where cancer was an ever-present menace. 
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