Friday, October 16, 2015

What do we want to get out of today?

This is what a friend of mine used to ask to start the day. When he passed away on the 1st of September, he left behind his wife and two small boys, but he also left behind a legacy of companies he had helped to found, all with one thing in common: that they would each change the world for the better in some way.

Nat was someone who was fiercely intelligent and engaging. He would pick your brains rather like an archaeologist might turn over stones: always with the same curiosity and respect, no matter how large or small. I always remember him with that smile on his face which seemed to suggest that he could see something underneath those stones that we could not, but never in a superior way.

Most of us know someone who has been touched by cancer and it never makes sense, it’s never fair. But Nat was my friend.

I asked myself this morning “What do I want to get out of today?” and I thought that I could try to make the world a slightly less worse place as a result of Nat's passing away, by raising money for a charity he and his family have chosen.

As I am running the New York City Marathon on the 1st November, I have decided to run it in Nat’s honour and I am asking you to kindly support oncology research by sponsoring me.

In memory of Nathaniel Kevin Billington (1970-2015)

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