Friday, March 28, 2008

Pray for Chris

Chris in Albany, New York right before the start of the expedition.

My friends, I write you today with news of concern.

My dear friend Chris Harrison has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma – a type of cancer which centers around the lymph glands.

There are many positive factors to consider here:

-Hodgkins is one of the most treatable, “beatable” cancers out there

-They caught it early

-Chris is young and strong; he goes into this with good health

-Perhaps the most positive factor is the “ok, let’s do this” approach, so typical of Chris.

Chris has been blessed with many friends, and as this ordeal has begun, he has come to realize just how strong those friendships are. I recently got word from Nereo Zane that Vittorio Orio, Enzo Liszka, and Bepi Suste send their well-wishes and are praying for Chris and his recovery. This was the third time I’d received such a message since the diagnosis– the Venetian half of the Hudson River Expedition team really enjoyed getting to know Chris back in October as we rowed down the river. John Kerschbaum and I have also kept track of Chris and are keeping him in our prayers.

I understand that many of you don’t know Chris personally, and while this isn’t a religious blog, I would like to ask for your prayers.

And even though I place Chris at the very top of my “people who are certain of where they’ll go when they die” list, I’d like to have him stick around.

He's an awesome guy.

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