Honoring Survivors, Remembering Those Who Did Not

Milo and Alfie have had a great push for LiveStrong and to go yellow.   Today the people who belong to our friends Diva Kitty, Max, Jeter and Skeezix are out walking for breast cancer and we should promote them by wearing pink.

So I refuse the colors and want to remember those for whom a cure wasn’t soon enough.   My grandfather, the Woman’s father died of stomach cancer.   The Woman’s dear friend and the best veterinary technician ever died of skin cancer (though she too was a survivor for it was 7 years after her class 4 diagnosis back in the 5 class diagnosis era).  Of course, our friend Storm died of cancer, and Fat Eric and  Sniffie, both of whom left us so recently.  The Woman lost both her Pookie Cat and her beloved  Oscar Grey to lymphosarcoma as well.

We honor those who live with cancer.  We honor Milo and Alfie’s person.  We honor Zoolatry’s Papa. We honor the Woman’s aunt who is a cancer survivor.  We honor the patients who have walked through the Woman’s office with grace and humor and who have walked their own walks.

A few years ago the Woman did the Susan G. Koman walk in Portland.   She was walking with a group of friends.  She and another friend had an aunt with the same name.  The Woman walked with her sign that said in honor of.   Her friend walked with the sign that said In Memory of.  As a third friend said, standing with them, what a difference a word makes.

We honor those who are walking today in San Francisco and those who are choosing to honor those Survivors by going yellow. You’ll excuse me if I don’t go all colors–I just couldn’t get yellow and pink to match with my blue eyes…


  1. What a great post! I chose to go yellow today, even though it clashes with my floof, but I wanted to be part of the group and celebrate life and remember those who went before us.

  2. Your post is very thoughtful, caring and just what we expected from such special kitties!

  3. Well said… bravo to your human for walking the walk.

  4. We are honoring LIVESTRONG by loving each other. We have lost loved ones to cancer as well.

  5. We’re hoping this day will help people and cats and dogs find good information and help.

  6. Remembering the ones who passed on …
    Praying for those still in battle …
    Honoring those who survived …


    Love one another!

  7. We LiveStrong with you and we StandStrong with you in the battle against this horrible disease and in honor of the valiant soldiers who have rode into battle to defeat this detestable foe.

  8. Thank you from our hearts for supporting LIVESTRONG day by going yellow by sharing your stories of cancer.

    Blessing to all those who are currrently fighting cancer, are cancer survivors, or who have lost their lives to this terrible disease.

    LIVESTRONG always.

    Love from Milo and Alfie, Mom-Jan and our Dad xxxx

  9. A wonderful post, and we remember and honour those who have battled and won and battled and lost, both 2-legged and 4-legged.

    We’re sending universal Blessings and Light to All Beings who have been impacted by this disease, both directly and indirectly.

  10. Cheysuli, that was a marvelous, heartfelt post. No colors needed.

  11. Thank you, Bonnie… yes, what a difference a “word” makes; this brought me to tears… but, thankfully… as usual, Chey brought back the laughter… she’s right,
    pink and yellow don’t exactly compliment her blue eyes. So, again… thanks, for the tears and the laughter!

  12. That was really a wonderful post and it is so important that we all fight this, together.

  13. What a fantastic post! We hope that someday soon Cancer will be history!

  14. We purr for those we have lost and for those who are still struggling with this terrible disease. LIVESTRONG!!

  15. Great post! Thanks for including Sniffie. We must beat this ugly disease.

    The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

  16. In memory of, and in honor of, so many. We are sorry for your losses, and applaud the survivors for their tenacity and strength. And those who are walking in the breast cancer walk are terrific!

    Yes, we need to be both yellow and pink at once. Actually, I think ginger kind of is!

  17. This is a wonderful post – thank you so much! We are sending you many purrs.

  18. Oh, goodness, no. Pink and yellow with blue eyes? You’d clash with yourself.

    A great post from the heart, Chey.

  19. We honor our friends that are fighting this disease and remember our friends, family and pets.

    ~ The Bunch

  20. Your post is making us all purr.

    We too support the fabulous CB moms out there walking this weekend in support for a cure.

  21. You are honouring many beans & pets.
    It is a lovely post 🙂
    Purrs to you and your Mom, and those you care about.

    Livestrong and live well 🙂
    Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

  22. momma is on and off tears while reading all those livestrong posts today.
    it’s the thought that matters not the color.

    we too are sending encouraging thoughts to all those of our friends who are walking the big walk these days!!


  23. Wonderful post. So many to remember and honour…cancer has touched too many if you ask me!

    Livestrong and Lovestrong too!

  24. Such a nice tribute. Together we all show our support in making cancer awareness today. Too many lives have been lost. Hopefully some day cancer will be something of the past never to worry about again.

  25. That is a great post Chey. We are remembering all those who lost the battle, but also honouring those who are winning their battles. We hope that someday not too far away that the evil cancer can be eradicated.

  26. Much awesomeness here. It’s not the colors that matter, it’s the fight. It’s the not giving up the fight. And it’s never forgetting who the fight is for…and that can be in any color you want.

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