I spent the morning with some new friends. I spoke to...and met...and got to know a gathering of patients at Memorial Sloane-Kettering here in New York. Our venue was a terrific and cheerful lounge where the ground rules are: doctors and nurses are not allowed. It's a place for the patients to go to be people. And what a wonderful group of people. My visit was part of a program headed by the designer Tory Burch, and it was one of the more uplifting and life-affirming experiences of my life. Once you understand that chance...and luck...and time are the only factors separating visitor from patient, speaker from audience, it feels like one very close community with no dividers. As someone with experience in the "cancer community" via my family members, I've always found it to be a strong, empowered and refreshing dynamic. My usual credo is "Life's too short"--but visits like today point you toward something far more hopeful, like the ubiquitous slogan on so many hats: "Life is Good." It truly is. I had a wonderful time today, and I want to thank everyone who joined our little gathering.
We hope you can join us tonight.