Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Patrick Swayze is no longer with us I'm sorry to say. He passed on September 14, 2009, and will be missed. He'll most likely be remembered for his role in the movie Dirty Dancing but I remember him more from the movie Red Dawn where he played the role of Jed Eckert, the leader of a group of high school kids fighting against a Soviet/Cuban invasion of the United States. Swayze was fighting against a different but no less deadly enemy this time around: pancreatic cancer, an aggressive and pernicious form of cancer whose victims have a very low survival rate. Like his character in Red Dawn, he didn't give up without a fight, he continued to live life on his own terms right up to the very end. When the end finally came, he was with the people he cared most about; his family. Patrick Swayze will be sadly missed by us all.