Tag Archives: Cancer

Photo 101, Day Thirteen: ‘Ultimately, life is fleeting’

I struggled today to find an image to satisfy the Photo 101 assignment, “Moment & Motion.” And then I thought of these shots I took last summer. Family and friends of a 22-month-old girl who died of kidney cancer gathered … Continue reading

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Taco-loving identity thief delayed donation to cancer research

The more I think about this, the more pissed I get. Last week one of my sons went online to donate to cancer research, but somehow his credit card number had been stolen. Fortunately, Visa froze his card and it … Continue reading

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The driving force behind St. Baldrick’s success in Syracuse

It takes thousands of volunteers and donors to raise almost $500,000 for pediatric cancer research at one event. It also takes one hell of a master of ceremonies to pull it off. Meet Charles “Chow” Downey. He presides over the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser … Continue reading

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‘The Last Waltz’ and other Thanksgiving rituals snuck up on me

It’s scary sometimes how the mind works. Mine, anyway. When Michelle came home from work the other night carrying cameras, backpacks and other tools of the photography trade, I greeted her at the door with, “Take a load off!” It’s not … Continue reading

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Balloons sent to heaven for ‘Ms. Toots’ on her 2nd birthday

“Ms. Toots” would have smiled and blown kisses to everybody who came to honor her on her second birthday Wednesday. Arie Baugh lost her fight with kidney cancer in July, two months shy of turning 2 years old. Arie’s mom … Continue reading

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To ease a parent’s grief, say the child’s name aloud

Every year the children’s hospital in Syracuse, NY, hosts a memorial service for its young patients who are now “angels.” Many things resonated with me Friday night as I sat among several dozen families who had lost a child to … Continue reading

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I’m shaving my head again for St. Baldrick’s cancer research

I’m going bald again this spring, quite willingly. For the sixth consecutive March, I’ll join more than 400 others — men, women and children — at our local St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser for pediatric cancer research. Ten at a time, … Continue reading

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‘God bless Kyle’ and other moments from 2013

“Irish Investigations” has awakened my passion for writing and for telling stories that matter. Starting and feeding this blog has rekindled my spirit and my optimism. Along the way, I’ve met some people who are truly inspiring, and I’ve gotten … Continue reading

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Where to find a Man of Letters? In Ithaca, at a tire store

It took a little convincing, but Dick Flaville, FOTMS 1950, agreed to have his story told. This is a profile in courage, although Dick might object to that label. You’ll see shortly why it qualifies. “FOTMS 1950” is what Dick … Continue reading

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The Memory Garden — a daughter’s loving tribute to her dad

There’s a remarkable young woman in our community who lost her dad while she was in middle school, then channeled her grief into a positive force for countless others who have lost loved ones. Rachael Ristau’s father, Michael, died of … Continue reading

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