I didn't catch this last year and never knew Paul or Ruth but this makes me very sad. I know two younger women right now with very serious cancers. Neither is likely to live very long. My heart goes out to all whose friends and who personally are suffering with these frightening diseases.
My congratulations and admiration go out to the two Santa Cruz women I know personally who've fought it off. (yes you Susan, and another younger friend).
Oddly enough most of the people I know right now are women, 1 man. Your courage is an inspiration.
Angela and i met Ruth and Paul in IC. Paul was already very weak from his cancer but wanted to fulfill a longtime dream of climbing Super Crack. I put up the rope and then belayed Paul on an effort that could only be described as heroic. He was very weak and had to rest after every move but he simply would not give up. It took him well over an hour but it was a very gratifying moment when i lowered an exhausted but elated Paul to the ground.
I was truly shocked when i heard that Ruth died from the same disease 16 months later. I believe she was cancer free when we met and for her to contract the same, fairly rare, disease stretches credulity.