I first met Richard Hackman as he arrived for his initial MRI appointment at Dana Farber. Immediately, I knew he was a very special and unique person. Although I could tell he was doing all he could to fight through the internal pain and suffering the cancer was causing him, he always had a smile on his face. Richard gave me great insight as to my endeavors of attaining my Masters of Social Work. I have since moved back to Maine, where I am originally from, to embark on this journey. I just found myself writing him an e-mail to catch up, as I had not heard from him in quite some time. I am terribly saddened to hear the news of Richard's passing. But, as I know he would want me to do, I am carrying with me the great deal of advice and encouragement he gave me and will continue to give me throughout this journey. I will be forever grateful for this.