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  • David Foster (shown here with his friend Gracie) is National Strategic Advisor for Morris Communications, and has been a leader within the independent magazine community for years. In April 2005, Dave was diagnosed with Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma, Stage 4, the sixth deadliest cancer, behind lung, liver, and breast. In emails to his ‘wellness group’ of friends and colleagues, Dave began chronicling his battle with the disease. In this blog, Dave Foster continues to “kick cancer’s arse”, sharing his story with a wider audience.

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August 25, 2007



As a long term subcriber to Gray's (Sporting Journal), I had been wondering where your tremendous opening commentary to each issue had gone. I was dismayed to hear about your RCC, but you will definitely be kept in the thoughts and prayers of my wife and I, and our family.

Knowing you only from your writing and other media outlets, I have nonetheless found you to be a man of courage, dignity and strength. I am certain that from all that I have read from your blog here, that you are taking the fight to this disease with that same courage, dignity and strength. I felt compelled to write to you here to offer my best wishes as you continue this fight, and to tell you that I have been in the Biotech industry for 13 years and counting. I have seen this disease beaten time and again. I was with a company that produced and sold Interleukin II (proleukin), and was witness to the success that patients with strength, determination, support and love (and sometimes a touch of crazy luck) could have against this nasty bastard of a disease. Continue to fight it with all you have David, I have seen the success. There are times when the therapy seems worse than the disease, but you and I know that this fight is always worth winning. You have been an inspiration to myself and countless others who spend more time outside than in, and seeking the wild rather than the domestic in so many of our pursuits in life. I will continue to follow your blog, and if I come across anything new from the industry I will absolutly pass it on to you.

Best of luck and best wishes,

Courtney Davis

Thank G-d you have a daughter and here's why. Because with a daughter, it ain't over after college baby. I should know. Mine is nearly 27 and living in New York City. She has a very generous father. And David your generosity has already been well documented.

So my "new" friend, you can tell your triumvirate (Intellect, Emotion and Intuition) that you have a lot more work to do for many more years after college. Just wait till the guys start getting serious with your baby. I know this as well, since we have had the pleasure most recently of taking him out for dinner and to a show.

So here's to that tea in New York. We'll be there together along with everyone else to celebrate our daughters and their fathers.

BTW, I use to say just let me stand under the wedding canopy and then it hit me. Someone will need to pay for this. Then there is retirement. Now who do you think is going to pay for that? Got to keep moving. I have no time for cancer. So, let's get back to work

David, If every there was a defintion in the dictionary for the word "Warrior" it would have your name beside it.....You are a true inspriation to those of us who's lives you have truly blessed with your words of courage and the bravery to never give up the fight and the RIGHT to live life at its fullest by reaching out to others and giving them hope,faith and love for each other.......kathy

Hi David - I read your blog to Joe and then he read it again himself and we both said that for us your writing was a reality check. When fears and anxieties come knocking on your door, you tend to doubt yourself and questions you strength. Joe, being a 9 year survivor, anxiety and fear have knocked many times and he has questioned his own strength to go on. However he believes in the power of prayer and has to take a step back, a deep breath and trust in his faith. He said in the beginning this was not going to beat him - he was going to beat it. So everyday is a miracle and he lives it to the fullest. Setting your plan in motion to see your daughter "through" college is certainly motivation. Joe's plan was to see my son settled and getting on with stability in his life. Well we have seen him move to the other side of Canada, get a great job and marry a wonderful girl. We even took a holiday to see them which Joe thought would never happen. When all of this happened Joe felt - OH OH mission accomplished what next? However, life is a journey and we believe we have no control when it will be our time so we live for the day and count our blessings where we find them. For Joe having had my son in his life for 15 years is a blessing in itself and whatever tomorrow brings Joe will have made an impact on his life so we are thankful. Your daughter has the "best" Dad in the world and I would say that no matter what happens you have planted many seeds in her life and your seeds will remain in her forever. What a gift. However that this does not mean you are off the hook with getting her "through" college - that is a mission Warrior so forge forward.


All I can say is: YOU'RE BACK!
Thank goodness. Seriously; I'm so glad you're feeling better and as always look forward to reading your posts.

Take Care

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