Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Two heroes

Last night, I watched Jon Lester, a young 24-year-old pitcher who has also battled cancer, pitch his last inning of a beautiful, strong no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox. It was thrilling. Just seeing the excitement in the eyes of the other players, the hugs, the look of amazement on Lester's face.

Today, I heard the tragic news that Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, who has been a senator here since the 1960s and is a liberal, intelligent voice on many issues that matter to me, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. The prognosis isn't very good.

These two men, it occurs to me, are heroes, pure and simple. Both do amazing things in their work, and both are dealing with that all-too-common disease, cancer.

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