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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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April 16, 2008


I'm very sorry for your loss. I stumbled on to this blog when my wife was first diagnosed with RCC in May 2007. David's writings got me through a very tough time in my life by showing me that life does go on no matter the circumstances. My wife continues to battle and I like to think that David looks down on all the Warriors still in the fight.

Sherry and Hilary, I am so sorry for your loss. I received wonderful inspiration reading David's posts and the marvelous humor he put into the times which where obviously very rough for him. He e-mailed me several times with his views on difficult problems my husband had fighting this beast we call kidney cancer. Always his messages where of hope. Thank you Dave for all you have done for everyone that have battled along side of you. You were someone I would have liked to have met. Maybe my husband, Mike, is meeting Dave in the spirit world and sharing stories.
Love, Patsy Barr

I'm sorry for your loss. god bless you and your family.

Godspeed good friend, prayers of comfort and consolation to you Sherry and Hillary. I will miss most his wit and love of a good dog. I count myself very lucky to have known a great man.

Our times together in Montana and on Wade I shall forever cherish. His insight, patience, and true love for the outdoors is something sorely lacking in much of todays world.

Please greet Savannah for me! I know you will never miss another shot.


Rest in peace my friend David. You were the one person that I could look up to and be brave in my fight with renal cell carcinoma. You helped me through such a difficult time in my life and made me feel like I wasn't alone. You were always in my thoughts and prayers. Now you are free from pain. You will definitely be given wings. You are an angel now. To Sherry, I am so sorry for your loss. What a privledge it must have been to know David like you did. My prayers and with you and Hillary and the est of the family. I will miss Davids posts very much. I didn't know him in person, but he was my friend. Farewell Dave.

God be with you and your family Dave....I read your sight and I know God will get you through this....God Bless and Thank you for sharing your feelings of pain and struggle but also the positive and good things that life gives you and your wife.....kathyjo

I have been terrified of this day since the blog posts after the last gamma knife procedure. I kept praying for a miracle. Dave got his miracle, he is cured, it just wasnt exactly in the manner that I had prayed for. I have learned that our prayers are answered, just maybe not exactly in the manner that we had hoped, with my own experiences with my mothers battle with kidney cancer. Mom and Dave were diagnosed at around the same time and in a very similar manner. I had found Dave's blog through the Kidney Cancer Support Group and have been hooked ever since. I have sent multiple emails to Dave through the past 2 or more years and he always replied quickly and you could feel that he "connected" with every single message. We had our local Relay For Life last year and because of the impact Dave and his blog had on my life, I not only purchased a luminary for my mother, but also for Dave. Dave's battle wasn't only fought at home, but around the world, and I wanted a symbol of that in our relay here also. He was a beacon for so many people trying to find their way through this battle. Words will never be able to describe what Dave meant to me, but I do know that he NOW knows how much he meant to me and every other life that he touched. Now he knows why I always said he wasnt just a Warrior, but he was also an Angel! I cant imagine the coming days, weeks, months, etc. not being able to log on to my computer and read his eloquent and witty blogs. It will absolutely leave an empty space in my heart. I just have to have peace in knowing that Dave has finally been cured. We will miss him terribly, but imagine the blogs he could write now!! HAHA Could you imagine the topics he could now write about, having Gods answers!!!
Sherry and Hillary, I am sending all of my love to you and your family. Dave couldnt have been the wonderful person that he was if he hadnt been surrounded by wonderful people like you both. I can not imagine the pain you are going through right now, but I hope that in some way you can feel the love and prayers that we are all sending to all of you. Dave will live on in each and every single life that he touched. He will always have a special place in my heart! If there is ever anything I can do for any of you, please let me know. I will send an email to Dave's address with my contact information.

I love you all and my prayers are with you!

To the family of David Foster,

Over the past 6 months I have read this blog as I found it to be inspiring to me as my Mom was diagnosed with kidney cancer last September (2007). She too lost her battle only 2 weeks ago. I found your dad to be a true fighter and with his wit for words I found him to be most comforting and his wisdom to be inspiring. I have kept him in my prayers for the last 6 months and I continued to do so even more in the last two weeks. Now, I will pray for all of you as I know what you are going through because I have all too recently myself had to deal with such a loss. What saddens me the most about this is how young both he and my mother were. She was only 58 years old when she passed. I agree with you that it is frustrating and it makes you angry that this could take someone you love so much. I just hope that you remember your Dad and husband with all the great memories and love that you got to share. I know that is what I hold onto. I do not know any of you...but I felt that I should say something to all of you since I have been reading this so long I almost feel like I do. God bless....and I will be thinking about you all in the coming days.

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