It’s World Cancer Day, and I’m remembering one of the most inspiring stories I’ve been able to share with readers. Ten years ago this fall, Life Scout Derek Slinger was battling cancer and rushing to finish his Eagle Scout service project before his 18th birthday. Just when his dream of becoming an Eagle Scout seemed to be slipping out of reach, a team of friends, family, elves, and cartoonists came together to create a Christmas miracle.
Derek passed away on August 31, 2006 after a three-year battle with osteosarcoma. It’s time to stand strong against cancer.