Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Why Haiti when I have Cancer?


 A couple of friends were asking me why I would choose to delay my treatments to go and cover the devastation in Haiti after the earthquake today.

 Funny is was a no brainer, I am a journalist I have always been a journalist I have covered 6 wars, and numerous natural disasters. I am not a hero, no not at all, i do not seek fame I am behind the camera. It is a dedication to helping people the best way I know, through the moving image. The best way to help Haiti or any other place that is in distress is to show it to the world. TV images can move people to act.
picture by A.P.

 I am concerned with my health, yes but I will trade a few months off my life if i can do good somewhere else. I am single, no kids, little surviving family. My employer was not happy with me, but in the end they respected my decision. I am grateful to them for that. My job is important to me I believe in what I do, now is a time that I have to do it.

I am not seeking for anyone to give me props, yes my decision to do thing might impact my life. But the lives of others out weigh mine

11 comments:

  1. Good luck, safe journey, and come back in one piece

    funny and sweet...and brave and admirable

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  2. hoping for a safe journey and the decision is ultimately yours, your strength is inspiring. Take care!

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  3. The Emperor may have no Toque... but he has a heckuva big heart. With your attitude and love of life... those of reading your words can only stand back in admiration and watch you kick the Earthquake Badger's butt !!! Travel safe, and take care !

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  4. Steven,
    Live your life well. However, remember there aren't 99 virgins waiting for you.

    "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" You can only make a difference in this world if you are here. Take care of yourself.

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  5. Seriously - can I give you props, anyway?! That's so awesome!

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  6. You ARE living your life well. As is our purpose. Thank you. I'm honored to know you.

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  7. i want to tell you different but your argument is insurmountable. Damn your logic, Spock!

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  8. Sending tonnes of hugs your way... You are an inspiring guy, to say the least.

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  9. Take good care. I look forward to your posts. You are amazing.

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