20th August 2007

Farewell, Miles Levin

Flag loweredI couldn’t let the day pass without a nod to Miles Levin, the [very] young Michigan blogger who succumbed yesterday to rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer that attacks the soft tissues. Rose Arce posted a beautiful story about Miles at CNN.com, written so eloquently that there isn’t much left to add.

My heartfelt sympathies go out to his family and friends. I’d only read a few of his blog posts over the past year, but I was struck by how prescient and mature he seemed via his writing, for someone so young. I stayed up most of last night just thinking about him, and so many other fine young people who leave us all too soon.

I don’t want to turn this into a political rant, but one of the things I couldn’t stop thinking about was how many billions of dollars we are spending on a war we shouldn’t have begun, instead of putting some of that money into funding research on finding cures, for what Miles had as well as many other forms of cancer and diseases. What a sad waste, of a promising life and dollars.

Until our government gets its priorities straightened out, a tax-exempt fund has been established to support efforts to combat pediatric cancer and allow the Levin family to work toward new directions in patient care. I think it’s a very worthy fund to promote so here it is:

UJF – Miles Alpern Levin Fund
P.O. Box 2030
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
Attn: Susie Feldman

I don’t know if there is a Heaven, but I hope there is. I also hope that Whomever is in charge of it, he or she allows blogging, so that Miles can keep writing.

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