I have been rather absent from this blog for a while, going back and forth a lot to my mom in North Carolina as she was battling cancer. She died on the 26th (Thanksgiving Day).
If you consider donating money or time in the future, consider donating to a local Hospice. The Wake County Hospice in Raleigh, NC did a wonderful job is helping make my mom comfortable at home in her final weeks.
Her cancer eventually spread to the brain, and whole brain radiation in someone near 80 is generally pointless, as it will kill you about as quickly as the cancer will.
Someday cancer will be like the disease my dad died of in 1986: Hemochromatosis, or iron overload disease. First recognized in the 1980's, but too late for him, the treatment today is simply giving blood once a month.
Fixing bugs in code is light years easier than fixing them in the body.