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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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May 20, 2008


A small gift from dad, i got lost in my childhood days........missed my dad.

Man I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. I got to know him through the pages of Gray's, and then through email. Then I finally convinced him to come to Pennsylvania and hunt woodcock with me. He and Gracie came up and spent three days with me and my brother, got Gracie her first woodcock I do believe. I've got an awesome photo of your dad in my den, smoking his pipe, reading and Gracie is in his lap, makes me smile eveytime I look at it. Although he wasn't feeling well, he still made the trip and I count those days that we got to talk and hunt together as a special time and memory.

Know that they are again together, along with Savannah and roaming the fields.


Good morning, Hillary.
I can't help but reassure you that your Dad's legacy is deep and wide. Your innocent discovery is just that proof. But even more so. Much more so does his memory, smiles he created and especially his art of the word live on.

I was supposed to have an ice tea - Him (and ice coffee - Me) in New York City once we got through the war and now it will need to wait for some other time. Nobody misses him more than your family, but those of us who longed to meet him will never know the pleasure of being in his company.

I can only hope his dedicated loyal readers see that he left his "pen" in very capable hands. Don't stop!

I'm so glad that you are continuing your Dad's blog ... although he is not here, I just know he is with you in spirit as you continue his legacy. Receiving that book was just not coincidence, but it was fate, and I've learned that's the way life goes. Getting that book is probably your Dad's way of telling you to keep on writing...I was also very happy to hear you are expecting another child. All the best and I look forward to reading your writings.

That's a good story. Surprising how we leave something to show we were here.

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