RANDY PAUSCH: BROUGHT GREAT AWARENESS TO PANCREATIC CANCER

The Man Who Made Every Day of His Life Matter

It’s Not About How You Achieve Your Dreams.
It’s How You Live Your Life.
If You Live Your Life The Right Way,
The Karma Will Take Care of Itself,
The Dreams Will Come Your Way.

Randy’s Final Farewell Video:

Editor’s Note:
Randy was made famous when he gave his “Last Lecture: at Carnegie Mellon University on September, 18 2007. He wrote this letter encouraging people to attend the Annual Seena Magowitz Foundation Golf Classic before he died on July 25, 2008 of pancreatic cancer.

Dear Friends,

When I gave Carnegie Mellon University my Last Lecture, I reminded them,
“It’s not about the hand you’re dealt in life,
it’s about how you play the game.”

In September 2006, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The best thing I can say about that is I have no regrets about how I’ve lived my life. I’ve never measured my life by things or money, because what really defines my quality of life is the love and relationships I’ve built with family and friends.

This disease has no early detection methods, no effective treatments and no cure. For those diagnosed, 75% of them will die within one year, and less than 5% will survive for five years. Unlike other cancers, pancreatic cancer has a very small number of patient advocates, as they simply do not live long enough.

I ask that you join Roger Magowitz, Jeanne Magowitz, Ray Bojanowski, and Liz McBeth for their Annual Seena Magowitz Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic in its pursuit of helping to discover an eventual cure of pancreatic cancer. Its benevolent sponsors and volunteers are committed to advancing research, supporting patients, and creating hope for all those who have been affected by this dreadful disease.

As you take a moment now to remember the bonds you create, whether personal or professional, have the collective strength to better the lives of others.

I do not know how much time I have left, but I’m going to keep enjoying every day with my wife Jai and three small children no matter how many or how few of those days I get.

Sincerely,
Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture” Video

His Last Lecture titled, “Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” was given at Carnegie Mellon University on September `8, 2007. It was an inspirational and humorous speech on making the most of your life. The video has been viewed almost 20 million times and lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes. Many of his famous quotes are included in the speech. The “Last Lecture” brought great awareness to pancreatic cancer. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy watching this famous video.

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