I Cried Four Times

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I Cried Four Times


posted on July 31st, 2012

Dear Future Centenarian,

No man is an island.

Last Wednesday marked a milestone in my life. Had he still been alive, my dad would have celebrated his 100th birthday.

I planned a private commemoration “ a quiet dinner at a local restaurant where I could be alone with my thoughts. I did call my sister Carol in Virginia, and we had a coast-to-coast toast to dad.

I was fine until about noon that day. Thinking about the milestone wasn™t particularly emotional. But when I talked about it with a friend, I suddenly burst into tears and couldn™t stop. I didn™t realize how many emotions I had pent up inside of me.

The last time I cried was when he died, eleven years ago. The time before that was when my mother died in 1998. The one before that was twenty years earlier when I was paralyzed from a spinal cord injury.

There™s an old saying that goes something like œLife sucks, and then you die. I disagree. Life is what you make of it. Sure, it has its ups and downs in varying degrees among all of us. Some may think they were dealt a bad hand while everything seems to go right for others. The bottom line is, hardly anyone would trade it for the alternative. So all-in-all, life is good.

But how about the second half of that saying? No matter how your life goes, we all end up the same. Death, not space, is the last frontier to conquer.

I™m far from alone in feeling grief for a lost loved one. Right now, 100,000 people die from aging every single day. Most leave loved ones behind who often never quit mourning.

Millions of lives lost very year leaving even more millions of broken hearts in the wakes. This is tragic, and beyond the tragedy is the fact that technologies that could delay these premature deaths at worst and prevent them at best are being delayed due to lack of minimal funding. Did I mention the avoidable suffering?

Well I™m here to tell you that we are changing the landscape. Soon, 100 will be the new 50, and youthful 100th birthday celebrations will be the norm.

That old saying is going to fall by the wayside. We and others are now launching formal initiatives to raise the funds from wealthy investors that could stem the tide, and we need help to speed up progress and delay or avoid as many of those 100,000 daily deaths as possible.

Meanwhile, my dad was born too soon to benefit from the life-extending technologies that we are pursuing. But future medicine may rescue him yet. My mom too.

They are both cryonically preserved with the hope that future technologies will give them a second chance. You see, although they are both legally dead, they were placed in ultra-low temperature storage to keep their cells and hopefully their memories intact. If you are not familiar with cryonics, see www.alcor.org.

More Life,
David Kekich
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