Reading the news this morning, I was sad to learn that cancer claimed Paul Newman yesterday. Here’s another one of our greatest taken by a disease we can and should do more against. Our thoughts are with his family and the many people who loved him as they adjust to this profound loss.
Few of us haven’t been touched by one of Paul Newman’s films. And everyone knows he started a multi-million dollar company that poured every dime of profit into charities. What fewer people knew of was his devotion to children facing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. He started the Hole in the Wall Gang camp in 1988 to provide children and their families with much-needed R&R, allow them to connect with parents and kids facing the same struggles and let them recharge together in a beautiful setting. His efforts helped thousands of children and families when they needed it the most.
For me, Paul Newman is a great example of a guy who truly had it all, great career, wonderful family and a strong sense of service – and was willing to share it with everyone who needed his help. He was special to the American cancer community and we’ll miss him a lot.