Update on Randy Pausch, Known for His Lecture of a Lifetime

pausch.jpgLast September, a gentleman and professor from Carnegie Mellon (Carnegie Tech) made headlines when he announced he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, then stood before a lecture hall of students and gave his “lecture of a lifetime.” It’s about achieving one’s childhood dreams.

I watched it again this morning. As I said when I wrote about Dr. Pausch’s lecture last September, it is simply brilliant and brilliantly simple.

And it still melts me down.

But this post is not about Dr. Paush’s lecture; instead it’s an update on his health and life. I discovered this morning that he keeps a blog that provides that update. He is still in treatment, and so far is finding some success with a cocktail of drugs containing Gemcitabine+Tarceva+Avastin.

He’s been doing everything from spending time with his family, to advocating and lobbying Congress for more funding for research in pancreatic cancer. And yes, he’s still collecting stuffed animals and achieving his goals.

So in case you were wondering, or in case you’d forgotten, Dr. Randy Pausch is alive, as well or better than might have been expected, and is definitely making a difference.

As Dr. Pausch stated in his lecture, “We cannot change the cards we are dealt; we can only control the way we play the hand.”

Find updates to this post:

June 10, 2008:  Randy Pausch:  A Commencement Address of a Lifetime

july 25, 2008:   A July Update on Randy Pausch

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  1. Ann July 25, 2008

    I, too, have tried to get in touch with you. Please know that you, Jai, and your family are in my prayers. You have touched so many people. Your spirit will live through the lessons you have taught, both in the classroom and out. You’ve made this world a better place.

  2. Debbie Pack July 25, 2008

    You have been an inspiration to us all. Your memory will live on forever. Bless your family.

  3. scotty July 25, 2008

    I 1st heard your lecture earlier this year. It was the most unreal, heroic thing I have ever heard. When I feel lazy in the morning and don’t feel I want to accomplish everything I should, I listen to an 8 minute bit my brother sent to me and it inspires me to no end. Even though you are gone, your words, ideas and thoughts live with me forever.

  4. Alecia August 4, 2008

    Dear Dr. Pausch,
    I was very touch by your speech on Oprah. I hope that we all have a testimony like yours. I know it’s probably hard that you know that you are going to die soon. We will all die one day or be taken in the rapture. I just wanted to share something from the Bible to you and all those that read this.
    If you died today, are you 100% sure you will go to heaven? If not, please let me tell you from the Bible.

    First, realize God loves you…
    John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not parish, but have everlasting life.”

    Second, realize everyone is a sinner…
    Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

    Third, realize sin has a price that must be paid…
    Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

    Fourth, realize Jesus Chrsit died to pay your price…
    Romans 5:8 – “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, wile we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

    Finally, pray, ask Jesus Chrsit to be your Saviour, and claim His promise of eternal life…
    Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

    Thank you for your time.
    God can do anything.

  5. nouzha May 11, 2009

    i’m nouzha from algeria i saw randy on oprah show he has been an inspiration to us all.his memory will live on forever.
    you are always in my prayers dear randy ,may allah give you peace in your rest,you gave us a fabulous lesson in courage and forgiveness ,thank you