Editor’s observe: Bob Brisco is the CEO of Web Manufacturers, the dad or mum firm of WebMD.
Dec. 24, 2021 — We’ve misplaced Kristy Hammam, WebMD’s very long time editor, to most cancers. She was solely 50.
Kristy’s passing is unnecessary.
She did as a lot to teach the general public about good well being as virtually anybody, ever. She took care of herself and her household. Exercised. Ate proper. Acquired each most cancers screening on schedule. She was at all times optimistic, like sunshine. The medical odds and karmic gods have been at all times in her favor.
When identified with breast most cancers three years in the past she embraced each type of remedy— immunotherapy, radiation, chemo. And it labored. For some time. Till it didn’t.
At first, it’s laborious to tug the teachings from Kristy’s life. As a result of it is unnecessary. She did the whole lot proper. And nonetheless, this.
However the classes are there. You do the appropriate issues in life as a result of they’re the appropriate issues to do in life. Not as a result of there are ensures. However as a result of as a dad or mum and as a pacesetter, the percentages at all times matter. As a result of you’re a position mannequin. And since you are good and brave to your core.
A few month in the past, Kristy flew from Atlanta to Washington DC, alone, to be along with her greatest buddy. Blind and compromised, however by no means actually, she flew as an unaccompanied minor.
I don’t assume I’ve ever met anybody extra grownup than Kristy. She at all times took accountability. She at all times made issues higher.
I do know I communicate for everybody at WebMD after I say we’ve misplaced one in every of our greatest human beings.
It’s going to by no means make sense. However she wouldn’t need it to alter something about our mission, which was her mission too.