As we search for examples of triumph over the human condition for our students to emulate, we are sometimes led into the stale pages of literature and the dusky hallways of history for keen reminders of teachable moments. Roger Ebert — one of our current premier, and popular, movie critics — has been fighting cancer for eight years. At 67, and after multiple surgeries and reconstructions, Roger is left with no jawbone, thyroid or salivary glands. I submit the notion that all our students should be made aware of Roger’s ongoing fight against a foe that continues to aim to kill him and his repeated refusal to give in to the inevitable ending of us all.
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