One of the saddest stories these days is about CMU professor Randy Pausch. Randy, a 46 year-old father of three, was diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer. After a number of treatments, doctors have given him approximately 3-6 months to live.
This amazing article by Matt Roch, describes Randy's last lecture to his CMU class. The lecture was about fulfilling your childhood dreams and helping others accomplish theirs. It was about hope and the fantastic life that Randy led - even though it was cut short.
Attended by over 400 students and faculty and webcast to hundreds of others, it was a remarkable lecture given the context.
One of my favorite quotes was about Randy's dream to one day play in the NFL. His coach, a classic, hard nosed guy said to him after a brutal practice: "When you're screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they've given up on you."
Check out the article if you have a second - it's sad stuff but pretty enlightening to see what kind of person Randy Pausch is.
The entire lecture (about an hour) can be watched on YouTube.