Posted by: 2in10 | 05/24/2010

the council

Sunday, May 23, 2010 was the 14th annual Celebration of Life at Beth Israel Deasoness Medical Center in Boston. Hester Hill Schnipper, beloved social worker and supporter of women with cancer, is founder and director of this wonderful project — a day for those touched by cancer to celebrate life and learn more about the disease in the company of hundreds of other cancer survivors. 

Under a huge white tent on the lawn of Harvard Medical School (probably also the venue for HMS graduation), keynote speaker Bruce Feiler, author of The Council of Dads, discussed his discovery that he had a very rare and serious sarcoma and the treatment that followed. 

Feiler, well known for his books — including Walking the Bible, Abraham, and America’s Prophet — wasn’t sure he would walk again or see his three-year-old twin daughers reach maturity. He conceived a Council of Dads, six special men from different segments of Feiler’s life, who would be there for the girls, each bringing his world view to their upbringing.

Feiler’s amazing surgery left him able to stand and walk, apparently whole in every way. The concept of the council has taken hold, as many have formed Councils of Moms or Dads to support children who have lost a parent to death, divorce, distance, or any other cause.  Visit or for more info.

Many of us know first-hand that cancer affects the entire family, especially children, even if we haven’t expressed ourselves so eloquently or made formal plans for a parent team. Father’s Day is around the corner. Let’s celebrate!



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