Friday, February 20, 2009

Larry Miller's death - lessons may be learned

It is a tribute to a man's influence when co-worker after co-worker call or come into your office, stunned, to say, "Larry Miller died." The last time -- actually, the only time -- I remember anything like it was when Elizabeth Smart was found.

Others will comment on Miller's legacy as a business man, philanthropist, controversial figure, etc. We want to comment on his legacy as a man with Type 2 Diabetes. Ever since his serious medical condition was revealed, we have both wondered what steps he was taking to control his diabetes. It wasn't any of our business, but, prior disagreements aside, we cared about his health. One of us being diabetic, we asked ourselves if he had changed his diet, was he monitoring his levels, etc.

Christopher Reeves' tragic accident increased awareness of stem cell research. The death of Gail Ruzicka's son increased awareness of drug abuse. Larry Miller's premature death may increase awareness of the serious dangers of Type 2 diabetes. Meanwhile, Larry . . .

. . . with a gentle push and a mild arc, the cowhide globe hits home.

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