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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 05, 2008


Praying for all of you!! Tell the old Warrior that I saw a fish with his name on it!

Hey, Hillary! I'm Richie's mom. I've been away from my computer for awhile and just got back to it and found out that your Dad is in the hospital. Please tell him that I pray for him a lot. He's a real warrior.

God's blessings to you all.

Hi Hillary - Please let your Dad know that he is in my thoughts and prayers. We corresponded a few times and I kept a link to his blog on the blog I kept for my Dad. I lost Dad about a month ago to RCC -- only 14 months after his initial diagnosis. Like your Dad, my own Dad was a fighter & he had several comebacks when we didn't think he'd get out of the hospital. Don't ever give up hope!

Hi. Yes I am very worried about your Dad. He wrote about me in his blog last year when he came across one of my postings in a kidney cancer message board. I am now 34 and had renal cell carcinoma and had my left kidney removed April 13th last year. My daughter is also very autistic. I was so touched when he decided to write about me in his blog. I didn't feel so alone then. He has really touched my life and I pray for him everyday. He is the King of Warriors.


Tell your dad I am thinking of him. Jean is too...he had a transfusion yesterday and is still on the Torisel and the gent...

Hilary, I live in Richmond, VA and if you're driving back home to Maryland and passing by and want a dinner break, please feel free to email me for a quick bite if it makes your trip a bit better!

Take Care,


I read your post to your father..thanks for sharing it with all of us. I am quite certain that he won't be "offed" by this public expression. In your writing, it is apparent that you share a bit of his "MAGIC DNA".
I have been in your shoes as both a caretaker of my father with RCC..and became a warrior myself last year. I am sorry that you and your entire family have to deal with all of this..but please know that you continue to be in our prayers. I am sure he will find his way back to true form in a few days..this too shall pass. Teri

Dear Hllary, What a beautiful way to send flowers. I can't wait for your Dad to "read" them. I pray for your Dad's physical condition and also for his spiritual peace. Being a christian with RCC has put me in a crisis mode with my faith at times. But peace still dominates my everyday life. Thank you for your loving trubute to your Dad. I know he will love it as his true self seems to shine through. I am praying with expectations of a good report. Blessings, Robbie

Hi Hillary - thanks again for letting us know that David is still in the process of "kicking cancers arse". It is a hard road he is travelling but he is a strong "Warrior". I read your blog to him and it would make any parent especially your Dad proud to call you thier daughter. You do have the traits of your Dad. What a legacy he passes on to you. Thank you again for keeping us up to date. Tell him Mary and Joe from Canada have him in our prayers and look forward till he starts writing again. I look forward to sharing the funny stories of all with him. He makes me smile and proud to call him "friend" Mary aka "Knight"

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