- Dave Clark
- Whistler, Bc
Executive Director, Whistler Half Marathon
Posthumous, the term "Hind sight is 20/20", is more applicable than ever before. Why is it that we wait so long to recognize and celebrate?
My father died when I was 7. Yes a very sad day and a very sad turn of events for our family. However, what I realize now is that his death was one of the most valuable contributions he could have made to society. He was a loving father, one who took pride in "providing for his family" as men did in those days. But in 1976, he underwent open heart surgery, this is 9 years before the first successful heart transplant!
My father was an early recipient of open heart surgery and although it didn't prolong his life as long as it would have today, in 1977 it would still be experimental and what physicians and surgeons learned from his surgery helped pave the way to modern day open heart surgeries that take place daily in hospitals across the country in a fraction of the time and recovery period.
You see my fathers illness took him away from us, but the research and lessons learned from his ailment went on to support thousands of other heart patients. I see my father as a contributor to something great - if only I had realized his contribution to society before he died - I would have made sure he heard about it!
Look at the people around you - what are their meaningful contributions to society? Often these are not uncovered until a posthumous state, but why not look now and celebrate them together.