I am sure that if you have suffered with cancer or had a loved one or friend deal with this disease, you will agree with me that cancer sucks. I have lost several close friends to cancer and have had many others left to deal with the treatments. Yesterday I lost my brother-in-law, Horst Klemm, to this awful disease. It is personal and it is painful.
Horst was a cornerstone in our family. He was a mountain man who would hunt elk in the mountains above his home in Bishop, Ca. He was a rancher as each year he would take their horses up to the mountain meadows. Horst was a fisherman with many a catch to brag about each year as he and my sister would travel to Alaska. He was a craftsman who built and remodeled hundreds of homes in and around the Owen’s Valley. He was a husband and a father and the best grandfather anyone could hope to know. And through it all he faced his cancer with courage and determination.
It could be said that he led a great life and accomplished much. But that would be an excuse for leaving us too soon. Cancer respects no time frame, no family dynamic, no age or importance. It takes its victims indiscriminately. It took Horst and he will be missed dearly by his friends and family.
Cancer sucks. It always has and it always will. I for one will support with my resources those working for its cure. I challenge all who would read this to do the same. For those of you who have been directly affected, I know you already do. For those who have never been affected, do so in honor of the good health you enjoy.
I will miss you Horst. I will miss your caring nature, your rugged approach to life and the wisdom you always so graciously shared with us all.
I will light a candle. My heart and thoughts are with you and your family.