At 7:00 am on June 08, 2004, just a few hours after Venus passed between the
Earth and the Sun, our beloved friend Douglas Ladden passed away.|
In September, 2002 he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He asked the doctor "How long have I got?" The somber reply was: "I'm surprised you're talking to me now."
A lesser person would have given up at that moment, but not Douglas. Through strength and determination he kept going, fighting valiantly against it. He stayed optimistic and retained his sense of humor through it all.
A number of times it seemed that he'd triumphed- More than once the tumor had shrunk to the point where his doctors couldn't find a trace of it. Frustratingly, it seemed to come back stronger each time. In the end it became too much for even Douglas to combat.
He is survived by his loving parents, Lucia (Lucy) and Richard Ladden.
Douglas has enriched all of our lives, and we'll miss him terribly.